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.