Grilled Watermelon Mint Juleps

Handful mint (about 2 ounces), plus more for garnish
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 pound seedless watermelon, cut into wedges
Crushed ice 
6 fluid ounces bourbon

1. In a small saucepan, combine the mint, sugar and water. Heat over medium low heat until the mixture reaches a slight simmer. Turn the heat off and allow the mixture to steep for 1 hour. Strain, discarding the mint leaves, and transfer to a small bowl. Set aside. 

2. Over a hot charcoal grill (or alternatively you could use a griddle pan - this one is my favorite), grill the wedges of watermelon for about 1 minute per side. You'll know they're done when they reach a dark red color and have visible grill marks. Transfer them to a plate and allow to cool slightly. When cool enough to handle, chop up the watermelon into cubes, discarding the rind. Transfer the watermelon to the jar of a food processor or blender and pulse until pureed, about 10 seconds. Run the watermelon puree through a strainer and discard the pulp. 

3. Pack your cocktail glasses with crushed ice. Divide the bourbon between the glasses. Next, add a tablespoon or two the mint simple syrup and then top with the watermelon puree. Garnish with mint leaves. 

Makes 4 cocktails
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