|Fresh Georgia Peach Mint Julep's|
|Look at those fresh peaches...|
For the Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup:
1 Lemon Zested
½C Fresh Lemon Juice
1 ½C Fresh Mint Leaves, Packed (do not include stems, they cause bitterness)
For the Peach Mint Juleps:
6-8 Fresh Mint Leaves (plus mint springs for garnish)
1 Small Peach, Peeled & Cut into Cubes
1oz Prepared Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup, Chilled
1oz Peach Schnapps
2oz High Quality Bourbon
1. For the Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup: Heat the sugar, water, and lemon zest in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add in the fresh mint leaves and let the mint steep for 10 minutes. Next, pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a bottle. Discard the solids. Let the syrup cool completely at room temperature. Stir in the fresh lemon juice. Refrigerate the syrup until chilled. Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
2. For the Peach Mint Juleps: Lightly muddle the mint leaves and fresh peach cubes with the prepared simple syrup in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add in the bourbon and the peach schnapps and shake to combine. Fill a julep cup or glass with crushed ice. Pour the liquid over the ice. Stir until a frost forms on the outside of the cup. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with fresh mint springs, and then serve with a straw.