Prep Time: 3 hours | Cook Time:
- 2 cups mint leaves, packed, divided
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 liter Kentucky bourbon
- Chilled water or soda water
Make ahead: Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil to let the sugar dissolve completely. Remove from heat and add 1 cup mint leaves. Let rest to cool completely and steep. Around three hours is best.
Add the bourbon to the chilled mint syrup in a large pitcher.
To serve: Fill a cup most of the way with ice, then pour in enough minty bourbon to reach about the halfway mark. Top with ice water or chilled soda water and garnish with fresh mint.
For big batch mint juleps, making a syrup is a more effective way to get the flavor that doesn't require you to muddle enough mint for each serving.