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Mint Julep Granita

Yield 2-4 servings
3 ratings

The Mint Julep is one of the oldest cocktails in America. This bourbon cocktail was likely invented in Virginia, and popularized in Kentucky.


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.



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