The Mint Julep is one of the oldest cocktails in America. This bourbon cocktail was likely invented in Virginia, and popularized in Kentucky.
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Mint Julep Granita
¾ cup sugar
1 cup packed mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish
¼ cup bourbon
½ teaspoon crème de menthe
Bring sugar and 1½ cups of water to a boil in a 1-quart saucepan; cook, stirring until sugar is dissolved and a syrup is formed, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add mint leaves (save sprigs for garnish). Let sit until room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Strain syrup into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish, discarding mint; stir in bourbon and crème de menthe. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
Stir the mixture every 30 minutes using the tines of a fork, scraping the edges and breaking up any ice chunks as the mixture freezes, until granita is slushy and frozen, about 3 hours.
Scoop into chilled julep glass and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.