The Gin Julep is a cocktail that was originally created in 1803 by Eben Cook. The recipe consisted of water, sugar, mint, Jamaican or Demerara sugarcane rum, and crushed ice. The drink's popularity grew with the rise in popularity of rye whiskey.
Today it is also made with bourbon whiskey and served without ice. Instead it is served in a stemmed glass that is filled about three-quarters with crushed or shaved ice. This drink became popular for being a refreshing summertime drink while still being alcohol-based.
½ ounce rich simple syrup
15 large mint leaves
1 ounce Bols genever
1 ounce Plymouth gin
⅕ ounce club soda. chilled
Garnish: mint sprig
1. In a julep cup, muddle the simple syrup and mint leaves.
2. Add the genever and gin, then fill the cup with crushed or pellet ice.
3. Top with the club soda and stir until combined.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig.