mint juleps, iced tea or punch.
Makes about 1 gallon
4 quarts water
1 cup packed fresh mint leaves or 1/2 cup dried mint
2-1/2 cups sugar
Squeeze juice from lemons. Strain juice; set aside. Put squeezed lemons, water and mint leaves into a medium-sized non-aluminum saucepan. Heat to simmering and simmer 15 minutes; do not boil.
Strain and discard mint and lemons. Add lemon juice and sugar. Store in a jar in the refrigerator.
Mint Juleps: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons bourbon to 1 cup syrup. Pack julep cups with crushed ice and pour in syrup mixture.
Iced Mint Tea:
Add syrup to taste to unsweetened iced tea.
Mix syrup with strong unsweetened tea and pineapple juice to taste. Serve over ice.