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Hot Julep

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Ingredients

For the Hot Julep

Small pinch of mint leaves

1 1/2 ounces jalapeño, ginger, and mint infused simple syrup (recipe follows)

2 ounces Bulleit Bourbon

Jalapeño slice and sprig of mint leaves for garnish

For the jalapeño, ginger, and mint infused simple syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 jalapeño, sliced (remove and discard seeds for a less spicy simple syrup)

2 ounces ginger root, peeled and sliced

10-12 mint leaves

Directions

For the infused simple syrup: Heat water in a small sauce pan until boiling. Combine water with sugar in a pint-sized container.  Add mint leaves, jalapeño, and ginger root to sugar and water mixture. Refrigerate for 48 hours.

For the Hot Julep cocktail: Muddle mint leaves and simple syrup in a Julep cup or short cocktail glass. Fill glass with crushed ice and add bourbon. Garnish with mint sprig and jalapeño slice, and serve.