Yes....I did mean to misspell monumental. That is because a few years ago, both spellings would reflect on my colossal failure in the kitchen. I am not a mixoligist and what happened a few years ago, definitely reflected that.
It was a rainy day. We went to my wife's hometown to watch the Kentucky Derby. We were not there long when we decided Mint Juleps were in order. We quickly googled a recipe and I set off for the small village grocery store. I had a feeling that fresh mint would not be there but hoped that I could find some dried mint. I'm a chef, I can make this happen. But...NOOOOOO. Dried Mint would not be found. No problem, I got this. I saw some peppermint extract.
Once back to my Sister In-Law's house, I got to work on my simple syrup. I added some peppermint extract, let it cool, then began mixing the cocktails. Everyone gathered around, glasses in hand, a toast, a sip, a face that cannot be properly explained. Oh......it was bad. SO Bad! I used way Too much peppermint extract. It was like drinking liquid toothpaste. I think our teeth suddenly started to glisten a vibrant white color.
Alas, I failed. It is a day that ALWAYS comes up each year. It's a good laugh. It's a good lesson. If we don't fail from time to time, how else will we strive to become better.
Food, Family, Friends. This is where it all begins and ends in my kitchen.