For a simple spin on the traditional recipe, this delightful julep calls for honey instead of sugar. Honey can add depth of flavor, and pairs beautifully with the other flavors in this cocktail.
Pour boiling water from a kettle into a small bowl. Add mint leaves; stir until wilted. Add honey; stir until dissolved. Let mixture stand until cool; strain and discard mint. Combine two ounces of bourbon with honey mint syrup. Pour bourbon mixture over crushed ice into a frosted tumbler or tall glass. Garnish with mint sprigs.