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Absent-Minded Derby


For the mint syrup:

¼ cup mint leaves

1 cup organic cane sugar

For the julep punch:

1 liter Old Forester Signature bourbon

8 ounces mint syrup

4 ounces soda water

1 ounce lime juice

¾ ounce Herbsaint

Garnish: Mint sprigs, powdered sugar


  1. Make the mint syrup: In a small pot, heat 1 cup water, then steep mint leaves for 5 minutes. Add cane sugar and heat until sugar dissolves and mint leaves wilt. Set aside to cool. Strain leaves and refrigerate syrup until ready to use.
  2. Make the julep punch: In a large pitcher, stir together all ingredients except garnishes. To serve, pour into a glass or julep cup filled with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig and powdered sugar.

From Muddle No More.