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Mint Wholep §

Are you feeling blue because you haven't been invited to one of Gatsby's parties? Well recreate the experience by creating your very own West Egg style Mint Julep. This recipe is from BBC Good Food.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 julep


65ml bourbon

10 mint leaves

50g sugar

25g water


1. Don't call me Sugar, Honey.

Start this recipe by making some sweet, sweet sugar syrup. On a medium heat dissolve 50g sugar in 25g water, until you can't see the sugar anymore. Leave to cool on the side. Any sugar syrup you don't use, you can keep in the fridge for other boozy emergencies.

2. I really mint it, this is a boozy recipe

In a cocktail shaker (or in a glass you can jam into another) mix 65ml of bourbon, 10 mint leaves, 12.5ml of your cooled sugar syrup and some ice cubes. Get those bingo wings flapping and give the glass a good shake.

Pour your minty concoction into a fancy glass and top with crushed ice (i.e ice you smashed with a rolling pin in a bag). Give it a mixy mix with a long spoon, and then top with more crushed ice. Garnish with a further mint leaf.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I know this is popular amongst Americans from the South and society ladies from the 1920s, and so I thought it would be a smooth, tasty cocktail; I don't know why I was expecting that from the ingredient list... but this ended up being basically straight bourbon, and it hurt (as I think you can see in the dink and sink). I almost managed to save it with some tonic water and more sugar syrup, but it was really unrescuable. I would not recommend making this one.. 0/10 "

Kate says: "I'm not entirely sure what Joshua Soule Smith was talking about when he called the mint julep "the zenith of a man's pleasure" because this is one of the worst things I've ever put in my mouth. In fact, after that one sip I promptly threw it down the sink in disgust. Perhaps (giving the benefit of the doubt here) I used a subpar whisky, and didn't drink it on a hot day so it wasn't very refreshing. But really, I would take a mojito over this any day. Could be good for a big fan of whisky, seeing as it is 90% whisky with a whiff of mint and sugar but for me I give it 0/10 (P.S, I've left our reactions in the dink and sink gif so you can see exactly how much we hated this and to prove I am not overreacting)"

0/10 Gasps


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