So, I just had one of my less-proud mixological moments. After picking up what I thought was a lovely bunch of mint over the weekend, I pulled it out of the fridge today, and only after I started picking off leaves to make a pair of juleps did I realize that it wasn't mint at all. Instead, I had a massive bunch of lemon balm. The fact that it's also known sometimes as "lemon mint" wasn't much comfort.
What to do? Well - in it fucking went anyway, with some course corrections. It took a little tweaking to get just right, but I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised by the results.
Keep in mind, this isn't really a julep at all, even though it looks like one.
2 oz gin (I used Letherbee because I like it, but you could use a London Dry)
1/2 oz Cocchi Americano
1/2 oz watermelon-strawberry syrup
3 dashes rhubarb bitters (homemade, batch #2!)
Muddle a large handful of lemon balm and the syrup in the bottom of a glass; add ice, gin, and Cocchi, then stir to combine. Garnish with a few extra sprigs of lemon balm and a straw.
Maybe I will just have to try something similar with bourbon...