RECIPE

Mint Julep Melon Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves and tender stems, plus whole sprigs for garnish
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 cantaloupes — peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Preparation

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water and the sugar to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup mint leaves and the bourbon. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.

Place the cantaloupes in a serving bowl. Strain the syrup over the melon; stir in the lemon juice to taste. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Top with mint sprigs.

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