I used to work at a gin-only distillery, and around Derby time, I had to come up with something that featured gin rather than bourbon. The honey is a nod to the original julep, and I love the way grapefruit and gin play together. This is a lighter, brighter, super refreshing version of a mint julep.
2-4 mint leaves
2 oz Kingfly Gin
¾ oz grapefruit cordial
½ oz grenadine
¼ oz honey syrup
½ oz lime juice
Muddle mint leaves in a shaker tin. Combine all other ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish the Kingfly Julep with mint frond and lime wheel.
STORY, RECIPE, AND STYLING BY RAOUL SEGARRA / PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVE BRYCE
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