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1878 Mint Julep

The original Mint Julep was probably made with Cognac, not whiskey, in the early nineteenth century. This classic cocktail has stood the test of time and tastes every bit as good today as it did almost 200 years ago. The recipe I am sharing here is loosely based upon the Mint Julep construction found in Leo Engels’, American and Other Drinks, published in 1878. It is a little different from other Julep recipes in that it features a dash of Jamaican Rum. I think the results are smashing! (The pun, for those with the wherewithal to notice, was of course …  intentional.)

SAM_10631878 Mint Julep

2 oz Cognac (Pierre Ferrand Ambre)
dash of Jamaican Rum (Plantation Jamaica)
1 barspoon Sugar Syrup
3 or 4 Mint leaves
1 lime slice

Sprig of mint
Orange Slice

Muddle Mint leaves, lime slice, dash of rum and sugar syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass
Remove the mint leaves and transfer to a metal shaker
Add Cognac and Ice
Shake until the outside of the shaker frosts
Double strain into a cocktail glass 2/3 full of cracked ice
Float an orange slice with a sprig of mint on top of the cocktail

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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