Mint Julep

Serves 1

Note: Simple syrup is simply equal parts sugar and water, simmered to a syrupy consistency, then cooled.

6 fresh mint leaves

3 ounces bourbon

2 tablespoons simple syrup

3 whole ice cubes

Crushed ice

Soda water

Mint sprig, garnish

1. Bruise mint leaves gently with fingers. Mix with bourbon, simple syrup and ice cubes; stir. Let stand several minutes.

2. Strain mixture into a julep cup filled with crushed ice. Top with soda water and mint.

(Recipe by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, "Book Club Cook Book" (Tarcher Books, $21.95, 488 pages)