I have a gramatical issue with the title of this post. I wanted to show that the simple syrup was made by me, so I called it jack’s simple syrup - as in, the simple syrup belonging to jack. The problem is that it also can be read as the jack [is] simple syrup - a rather damning summary of me. Anyone know a way around this duble entenre please let me know – soon – I feel vulnerable.
Firstly, the minty simple syrup: make this in a large batch and keep it in the fridge for a month or so.
Simple Syrup Ingredients & Method
makes 1 cup
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup fresh mint leaves, packed tightly
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. Smash the mint leaves and sugar together, using a wooden spoon. After a couple of minutes the sugar should have dissolved. Take of the heat and leave for 30 minutes, then strain and store in the fridge.
Mint Julep Ingredients & Method
makes 1 litre
½ cups mint simple syrup (above)
1 litre bourbon
20 sprigs fresh mint
4 cups cracked ice
Use a 1½ or 2 litre jug. Combine the simply syrup, the bourbon and 3 or 4 sprigs of mint. Stir. Half fill glasses with cracked ice, pour the mixture over the ice, garnish with a sprig of mint sprig and (optionally) add a dash of soda water.