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Here is how to make your own:
Prepare mint syrup by boiling 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water together for 5 minutes. After it cools, pour it over 6-8 sprigs of mint (bruised slightly to release the taste) and refrigerate overnight in a covered container.
Make the individual juleps by filling a julep cup (silver is preferred) with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and 2 ounces of bourbon. Stir and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. Any good bourbon will work, but the current "official" bourbon is Woodford Reserve, although the mass produced ones used Old Forrester in 2016.
Interesting Trivia - In 1967, a mint julep cost $1.50 at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend. In 2009 the cost was up to $9.00, in 2012 it was up to $10.00, in 2016 it was $13, and in 2017 it is $14! For the past few years, they have also offered a special limited edition $1000 mint julep you can get which even includes gold dusted mint leaves and a sterling silver straw! This one is sold through Woodford Reserve and is limited to 105 using a special recipe, which changes slightly each year.
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