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Watermelon Julep

Watermelon Julep

Makes 1 drink

Traditionally served in a double Old Fashioned glass and topped with crushed or shaved ice, this drink is the perfect refreshment for a hot day. Make the simple syrup ahead of time for added convenience.

  • 4 cubes fresh watermelon (per cocktail)
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 1 part simple syrup (recipe follows)

In a blender or food processor, blend the watermelon cubes, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom of a double old fashioned glass. Add the bourbon, mint simple syrup, and watermelon puree. Stir to distribute the mint. Garnish with a mint sprig and top the glass with crushed ice.

    Mint Simple Syrup

    • 2 cups water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 8 mint leaves

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and add the mint leaves. Let the syrup cool, then strain out mint leaves.