2 ounces gin (the recipe calls for Hendrick's, which is my favorite gin)
1 ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
2 thin slices red bell pepper
2 mint leaves
In a mixing glass, muddle the red bell pepper in the simple syrup and the lime juice. Add mint, gin and ice. Shake vigorously (mine was so well-shaken that there were bits of mint floating in the glass. I wonder if he might have also muddled the mint, in fact, but that's not what he wrote down). Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a slice of red bell pepper.