Recipe of the Day: Frozen Mint Julep Cocktails

In honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow ~ How about this! Frozen Mint Juleps! Deliciousness. Its a variation on the traditional – and I like to think of myself as traditionally non-traditional. Enjoy!

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FROZEN MINT JULEP COCKTAILS

Ingredients:
3 oz. Makers Mark, Heaven Hill or Knob Creek bourbon whiskey
1-1/2 tsp. simple syrup
1-1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
8 fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup crushed ice
1 sprig of mint for garnish

Preparation:
Place mint leaves, bourbon, simple syrup and lemon juice at the bottom of a glass.
Muddle (mash) the mint with the liquids until blended together.
Pour this mixture into the blender.
Add 3/4 cup of crushed ice and blend until slushy.
Pour into a chilled, large old-fashioned glass or large goblet.