Mint Julep Granitas

5 1/2 cups water
1 3/4 cups sugar
5 to 6 sprigs of mint, plus more for garnish
6-12 ounces of bourbon (I use Bulleit)
Powdered sugar, as garnish

1. In a medium pot, placed over medium low heat, combine the water and sugar. Heat until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Take the pot off the heat and place the fresh mint sprigs in the water mixture; cover the pot and allow it to steep for at least an hour to two hours. Pour the mixture into a large casserole dish and cover with plastic wrap; freeze for 2 hours. At the 2-hour mark, remove it from the freezer and using a fork, scrap the ice until it resembles a slushy and return to the freezer. Freeze for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight.

2. When you're ready to serve, add an ounce or two of bourbon to each cup. Scrap the ice one last time and break up any big ice-y bits. Shovel in the minty/sweet crushed ice into each of the cups and garnish with a sprig of mint and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Makes 6 mint juleps
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