Sparkling Bourbon Lemonade

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This recipe is courtesy of Bobby Flay from The Food Network. I get their recipes e-mailed to me. It’s a very light and refreshing drink. It will be great for a summer time BBQ. Bad thing about it is, you can’t really taste the bourbon which could really be a problem the next morning.

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Note:
I put this note at the top so you will read it before you make up a big pitcher. It doesn’t do too well left over the next day, so if you are going to make it for just one or two people, you might want to cut the recipe in half.

 Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 large lemons)
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (1 large orange)
4 cups club soda, chilled
Lemon slices (about 4 large lemons)
Orange slices (1 large orange)
1 bunch fresh mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
Crushed ice
6 shots bourbon (I used Jim Beam)

Directions
Combine 1 1/2 cups water and sugar in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Cool the simply syrup completely. This simple syrup can be made 1 week in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

Combine the simple syrup, lemon juice and orange juice in a pitcher. Mix in the club soda. Add the lemon slices, orange slices and mint.

Fill glasses with crushed ice. Add 1 shot bourbon to each glass and fill to the top with the sparkling lemonade. Garnish each glass with mint.

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