Before the Civil War made foreign products hard to come by in the South, French cognac was the preferred liquor in a mint julep. This recipe first appeared in the 2012 SAVEUR 100, with the article Cognac Cocktails.
- 2 tsp. superfine sugar
- 6 mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
- 2 oz. cognac, such as Martell Cordon Bleu