Derby Day Mint Julep Cocktail

There are as many variations of the mint julep as there are thoroughbreds that have run in the Kentucky Derby, which is when this sweet concoction is traditionally served. It's often stirred with ice in a silver cup; this version calls for shaking with a slice of lemon for a frothy, refreshing drink.

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    Mint syrup:
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      fresh spearmint or apple mint leaves
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      3/4  cup 
      granulated sugar
    For the juleps:
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      3 1/2  quarts 
      crushed ice
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      3 1/2  cups 
      bourbon (such as Maker's Mark or Knob Creek)
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      thin slices lemon
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      sprigs spearmint or apple mint

    In a small saucepan, stir the mint with the sugar and 3/4 cup water, crushing the mint lightly with the spoon. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool in the pan, about 30 minutes. Strain into a small container. Use immediately to make the cocktails or chill for up to 2 weeks.
    Have a chilled 8- to 10-oz. cocktail or wine glass ready. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 tablespoon of the mint syrup with 1 cup ice, 1/4 cup bourbon, and a lemon slice. Shake for 30 seconds; pour into the chilled glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
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