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Houmas House Plantation Mint Julep
8 mint leaves
1 tablespoon simple syrup, (equal amounts water and sugar, heated until sugar melts), cooled
2 ounces bourbon
Splash of Club Soda
Sprig of mint for garnish
Put the mint leaves and the syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. With the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash the leaves to extract the flavor. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour in the bourbon and top off glass with club soda. With a long-handled spoon, stir to chill and mix. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Spring comes early to plant life along the River Road, and the gardens at Houmas House literally explode overnight with color and fragrance. The gardens are aggressively managed to create a natural display of indigenous plant life and blooms alongside the more formal presentation of selected exotics that add to the overall Houmas House experience.
Many sitting areas have been provided around the property to invite guests to sit and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of spring and summer blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife and plantation life of long ago.