Gin Thyme Mint Julep

Gin, Thyme & Mint Julep

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Gin, Thyme & Mint Julep

Makes 1 Drink (plus extra syrup)

Intensely aromatic, this drink really takes the classic bourbon julep in an exciting direction.  A great alternative for somebody who’s not in to brown liquors.

Gin, Thyme & Mint Julep
INGREDIENTS
  • Honey Syrup Base:
  • 1 cup Wildflower Honey
  • 1 cup Water
  • Thyme Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • Julep:
  • 7-8  Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Heavy 1/2oz Thyme & Honey Simple Syrup
  • 2oz of Gin (we used Voyager)
  • Plenty of Crushed Ice
  • Garnishes:
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme, 1 Raspberry

DIRECTIONS

1

Up to several weeks before:

Make the thyme syrup: bring the water to a simmer in a small saucepan, then stir in the honey until it dissolves.

Pour ½ cup of this syrup (you can save the rest for other drinks or multiply the thyme leaves to make a bigger batch) into a separate pot.  Add the thyme & simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Strain the thyme leaves out of the syrup, and let it cool.  Move it to the fridge to chill & store until you need it.
2

Combine the mint leaves and first 1/4oz of thyme simple syrup in the bottom of a julep tin.
3

Add a layer of crushed ice.

4

Pour in the gin.

5

Top with another layer of crushed ice, bringing the ice almost to the top of the tin.

6

Pour in the remaining half of the simple syrup.

7

Mound more crushed ice over the top of the tin.

8

Insert a straw or spoon-straw (ideally metal).

9

Garnish with the thyme sprig and raspberry. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Laura Bishop

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