After several attempts, following the recipe carefully and having NO ONE like them at my Kentucky Derby parties, I started making a drink with Triple Sec, bruised mint, simple syrup (to taste--not always needed) and rum. I call it a California Julep. (Maybe "Cuban Julep" would be a better name). Much better for parties, and since I have bourbon, simple syrup and mint leaves on hand, I can always make the real deal if requested... this has never happened. I will try animaldoc's recipe though, because my Mint Julep recipes don't call for more than a tablespoon of simple syrup. Maybe if I made it sweeter I would like it better.