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Recipe: The Perfect Mint Julep in Honor of National Mint Julep Day

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Derby Day may have come and gone, but according to the powers that be, today is National Mint Julep Day. Who are we to argue? Here's a recipe from one of L.A.'s best whiskey bars, Seven Grand, to get you started. Enjoy it on the porch with good friends.

Seven Grand's Mint Julep

2oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon
1/2 oz simple syrup (1 to 1)
10 fresh spearmint leaves
Shaved or crushed ice (the finer, the better)
Metal cup, if possible (maintains colder temperatures)

Lightly slap the mint leaves in your hand to release the sweet oils from the leafy part, avoiding the bitter oils in the veins. Add to your glass or tin.

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Add the Whiskey and simple syrup.

Fill the cup half way with crushed ice, and gently stir to mix all ingredients, and begin to chill the cup.

Again fill the glass with ice but pack it all the way to the top.

Garnish with a mint sprig and straw and add a napkin around the cup to keep it from getting to cold to hold as the cup begins to frost over.