8 mint leaves
1 teaspoon simple syrup
2 1/2 fluid ounces bourbon whiskey
crushed ice, divided
1 sprig fresh mint for garnish
Chill a julep cup in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the chilled julep cup; mash well with a cocktail muddler. Pour in bourbon and 1/2 cup crushed ice. Stir until chilled and top with remaining 1/2 cup ice.
Garnish with fresh mint.