Even though I'm a Southerner I never had a mint julep until last summer when I found a recipe in Southern Living magazine. They are delicious! This is my modified recipe: 2 cups water 2 cups sugar approx. 2 cups fresh mint leaves, coarsely chopped Place chopped mint leaves in cheesecloth and tie into bundle. Put water, sugar, mint leaves bundle in saucepan and heat to boiling, stirring frquently to dissolve sugar. Boil about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool, covered, to room temp. Remove mint leaves bundle, squeezing excess fluid from it into saucepan and discard. Fill a mint julep cup (if you're a traditionalist, otherwise I guess an old-fashioned glass would work) with crushed ice. Add a shot (or two!) of bourbon and fill cup with mint syrup. Initially it will be quite sweet but as the ice melts the flavor tones down. You can also add water if you like. Garnish with a couple of slightly crushed fresh mint leaves. Store left-over syrup in glass jar in fridge. YUM!!