I don't drink, but that's never once kept me from being taken in by a deliciously named alcoholic beverage, and the mint julep, which pops up every Kentucky Derby season just about this time, is no exception. I don't know what julep is, but it sounds like something that ought to go with mint, and mint—that sounds great! It's really the ideal-sounding julep recipe.
Unfortunately they just so happen to taste, after all that preparation, like—bourbon! I'd like to say I won't make mistakes like this again, but I'll chase foolishly after the next Orange Farrago or Umami Thunderbolt that comes down the pipe looking and sounding like something I might like but composed in the end of several ingredients waved gently over a bottle of scotch.
If you're ready either to be hoodwinked by a name that sounds too Baskin-Robbins for its own good or to drink something for reasons other than its name and description, a mint julep recipe from our own Jon Bois is available here. You'll need bourbon, mint leaves, sugar, crushed ice, a wooden spoon, and a taste for bourbon.