There are countless rifts on Julep recipes, but if you’re looking to find a unique and historic twist on the classic Julep cocktai, this adapted version is a favorite of cocktail historian David Wondrich, who callsÂ it â€œthe tastiest Mint Julep recipeâ€ he knows. This cocktail follows the traditional julep recipe with a few minor tweaks, such as substituting cognac for whiskey. You taste the subtle spice from rye whisky and a blast of chilled smooth Cognac, rounded with aromatic orange bitters. Together, these additional ingredients pair together nicely to recreate a vintage flavor without compromising on sweetness. Itâ€™s sharp, cold and elegant â€“ everything a cocktail should be.
- 1 1/2 oz Cognac
- 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
- 8 mint leaves
- 1/4 oz Honey Syrup (1:1 honey and water mix)
- 1/4 oz Simple Syrup
- Garnish: Mint Sprig
Add theÂ simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add the mint. Muddle it â€“ not enough to tear the leaves, just enough to get everything mixed up and the oils released from the mint leaves. Add the spirits and stir. Strain into a julep cup and top with crushed ice. Garnish with a short straw and a fat mint sprig.
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