To make the mint julep cocktail, you’d have to muddle fresh mint and sugar together. But what happens when you need to serve a large number of persons? Going through this process each time can be time-consuming and delay the speed at which the drinks get ready.

A very good alternative would be to prepare a mint simple syrup ahead of time and use the syrup to make mint juleps very quickly for your guests.

Here’s how to do it.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup of packed mint leaves

1. Add water and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved into the water. Do not boil.
2. Remove from heat. Toss the mint leaves into the saucepan and put the lid on.
3. Steep the mint leaves for about 20 to 30 minutes. You may be tempted to leave them in longer for a stronger syrup, but that may result in bitterness.
4. Strain into a clean container with a lid. Allow to cool.
5. Refrigerate for up to one week.

While making the mint juleps using the syrup, you can add a few fresh leaves for colour and garnish.
Mint simple syrup recipe by Robin Shreeves.