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In preparation for the Kentucky Derby, I mixed up a delicious, fresh interpretation on the traditional Julep.

FRESH PEACH MINT JULEP

fresh peach mint julep

FOR THE LEMON MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

2 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 lemon zested

juice from 1/2 a lemon

1 1/2 cups fresh mint leaves

FOR THE PEACH MINT JULEPS

6 to 8 mint leaves

1 peach, peeled and cut into cubes

10 oz prepared lemon-mint simple syrup, chilled

10 ounces peach schnapps

2 ounces bourbon

ice

TO PREPARE THE LEMON MINT SIMPLE SYRUP

Heat the sugar, water, and lemon zest and juice in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint leaves. Let mint steep for 15 minutes, then strain into a bottle, discarding the solids. Let the syrup cool, then stir in lemon juice. Refrigerate.

TO PREPARE THE PEACH MINT JULEPS

Lightly muddle the mint leaves and fresh peach. Add the Lemon-Mint simple syrup, peach schnapps and bourbon and top with ice, stir until cold. Fill a glass with more ice, top with the Peach Mint Julep. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Piece, Love and Cooking

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