Southern Cocktail: Mint Julep

Margaret Houston

A vintage recipe for the iconic cocktail, plus a few more classics

The recipes below are from How to Mix Drinks by Bill Edwards, published 1936.

Southern Mint Julep
1 glass of Bourbon
4 sprigs fresh mint
1/2 tbsp. powdered sugar

In a julep cup, crush the mint leaves and sugar lightly together, add bourbon and fill glass with cracked ice; stir gently until cup is frosted. Decorate on top with 3 sprigs of mint.

Champagne Julep
1 lump sugar
2 sprigs mint
Use long tumbler

Fill glass with champagne. Stir gently and decorate with slices of fruit in season.

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Other classic cocktails from How to Mix Drinks

Mix together:
2 parts Scotch Whiskey
1 part honey
1 part grapefruit juice

The "smash" is in effect a julep on a small plan. To prepare it the following recipe is usually used:

In a medium-size glass:
Dissolve 1 lump of sugar
Add 4 leaves of green mint, and crush mint and sugar very lightly together
Place lump of ice in glass
Then add one small glass of either Bacardi rum, brandy, gin, Irish whiskey, or Scotch whiskey as fancy dictates.
Decorate with a slice of orange, and squeeze lemon peel on top.

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