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.
- Honey Syrup Base:
- 1 cup Wildflower Honey
- 1 cup Water
- Thyme Simple Syrup:
- ½ cup Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
- 7-8 Fresh Mint Leaves
- Heavy 1/2oz Thyme & Honey Simple Syrup
- 2oz of Gin (we used Voyager)
- Plenty of Crushed Ice
- 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme, 1 Raspberry
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.
Combine the mint leaves and first 1/4oz of thyme simple syrup in the bottom of a julep tin.
Add a layer of crushed ice.
Pour in the gin.
Top with another layer of crushed ice, bringing the ice almost to the top of the tin.
Pour in the remaining half of the simple syrup.
Mound more crushed ice over the top of the tin.
Insert a straw or spoon-straw (ideally metal).
Garnish with the thyme sprig and raspberry. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Laura Bishop