In preparation for the Kentucky Derby, I mixed up a delicious, fresh interpretation on the traditional Julep.
FRESH PEACH MINT JULEP
FOR THE LEMON MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 lemon zested
juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves
FOR THE PEACH MINT JULEPS
6 to 8 mint leaves
1 peach, peeled and cut into cubes
10 oz prepared lemon-mint simple syrup, chilled
10 ounces peach schnapps
2 ounces bourbon
TO PREPARE THE LEMON MINT SIMPLE SYRUP
Heat the sugar, water, and lemon zest and juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint leaves. Let mint steep for 15 minutes, then strain into a bottle, discarding the solids. Let the syrup cool, then stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate.
TO PREPARE THE PEACH MINT JULEPS
Lightly muddle the mint leaves and fresh peach. Add the Lemon-Mint simple syrup, peach schnapps and bourbon and top with ice, stir until cold. Fill a glass with more ice, top with the Peach Mint Julep. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
Recipe adapted from Piece, Love and Cooking