Chris McMillian’s Mint Julep

This refreshing porch sipper combines a trifecta of southern flavors.

2 1/2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. peach syrup (such as Torani or Monin)
12-15 fresh mint leaves
Crushed ice
Tools: muddler
Glass: julep or Old Fashioned
Garnish: fresh mint sprig dusted in superfine sugar

Place the mint and 1/4 ounce of the peach syrup in a julep cup or Old Fashioned glass and gently muddle, working the leaves up the side of the glass. Loosely pack the glass with crushed ice, then add bourbon and drizzle remaining peach syrup on top. Garnish.

Reprinted with permission from Bourbon: 50 Rousing Recipes for a Classic American Spirit by Fred Thompson. Published by Harvard Common Press