Antebellum Mint Julep

Antebellum Mint Julep

Antebellum Mint Julep

Before the Civil War made foreign products hard to come by in the South, French cognac was the preferred liquor in a mint julep.Michael Kraus

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.

Antebellum Mint Julep
Before the Civil War made foreign products hard to come by in the South, French cognac was the preferred liquor in a mint julep.
Yield: makes 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. superfine sugar
  • 6 mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 2 oz. cognac, such as Martell Cordon Bleu

Instructions

  1. Stir sugar and 1 tbsp. water in a highball glass or silver julep cup until sugar dissolves. Add mint leaves; gently crush with a spoon. Fill glass with cracked ice and pour in cognac; stir until chilled, about 15 seconds. Fill glass with more ice; garnish with mint sprigs and two straws.