It's no secret that Benjamin loves some heat. He'd have jalapenos every day if he could but I'm not sure I'd let him based on the fact that they seem to be so heartburn inducing.
When I saw this recipe for Jalapeno Simple Syrup in Country Living I knew I had to make it for him. The process is quite simple.
1. In a small saucepan combine 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and 2 jalapeno peppers coarsely chopped. Bring to a boil, stirring so that the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and allow the jalapenos to steep in there for 20 minutes then strain the syrup, discard the jalapenos, and allow it to cool.
The syrup can be refrigerated for up to 6 months.
To make a mint julep with it you'd muddle some syrup with mint, add in ice then add in your bourbon. Add more ice and top with club soda. Garnish with more mint and if you're daring, a slice of fresh jalapeño.