This recipe was included in the Miami Herald's bourbon article. It comes from Anita Madden, a Kentucky horse-woman who has hosted lavish Derby parties on Derby Eve. Enjoy!

Fresh mint
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons mint syrup
(instructions follow)
1.5 to 2 ounces bourbon
crushed ice
confectioners' sugar

To make mint syrup, crush a "whole handful" of mint leaves and combine with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Boil for five minutes and strain.

Pour mint syrup in sterling silver cup. Add bourbon. Mix.

Fill cup with crushed ice. Rub fresh mint around rim. For garnish, dip fresh mint sprig in confectioners' sugar and insert in ice. Serves 1.

Have you got another mint julep variation? Please share them, I'll give them a try Saturday during the Kentucky Derby.

Omar