I recently saw some good looking mint in the supermarket and felt the urge to make mint juleps, one of the great American whiskey drinks. Here are instructions to make 4 drinks, which can easily be scaled up or down.
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp. water
8 oz. bourbon
1 bunch of mint, leaves only.
Make a simple syrup by placing the sugar and water in a two cup pyrex measuring cup, and microwaving until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 1-1/2 minutes. Add the bourbon and mix well.
Chop the mint lightly in a food processor, add the sweetened bourbon, and whiz for a couple of minutes until well combined. Pour the mixture back into the pyrex cup, and allow to steep for a few minutes. Strain the mixture and store the julep in a container in the freezer until ready to serve. It will keep indefinitely.
To serve, fill 4 lowball glasses with crushed ice and add the julep. Sip slowly as the ice melts. Enjoy.