Antebellum Mint Julep

  • Serves

    makes 1


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


Step 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.

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