There are countless rifts on Julep recipes, bu this adapted version is a favorite of cocktail historian David Wondrich, who calls it “the tastiest Mint Julep recipe” he knows. You taste the subtle spice from rye whisky and a blast of chilled smooth Cognac, rounded with aromatic orange bitters. It’s sharp, cold and elegant – 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 the simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Add the mint. Muddle it – 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.