Recipe: Mint Julep Simple Syrup

How to Make Mint Julep Simple Syrup

When mint juleps are served at the Kentucky Derby, they're made with mint simple syrup. It's a way to make the cocktails more quickly than muddling fresh mint and sugar together for each individual drink.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword alcohol, howtomake, mint, simplesyrup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $5.00


  • Medium size pot.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves we grow our own mint indoors.


  • Add water and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat
  • Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved into the water. Do not boil.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Toss the mint leaves into the saucepan and put the lid on.
  • Steep the mint leaves for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Strain into a clean container with a lid.
  • Allow to cool. Refrigerate for up to one week.


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Recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Mmm! This is a great Thanksgiving or Christmas dish.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword brownsugar, christmas, potato, sweet, sweetpotato, thankgiving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 7 people
Cost 15.00


  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 9x12 baking dish



  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter melted, plus more for buttering the baking dish
  • 4 large sweet potatoes (about 1 3/4 pounds), peeled and cubed 
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 stick Unsalted butter 4 tablespoons, melted
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup Pecans chopped up