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The European version of the classic cocktail with fresh mint
- 2 parts Cognac (or another brandy)
- 5-8 twigs of fresh mint
- soda water
- a few dashes of dark rum (optional)
- crushed ice
- tumbler (old-fashioned glass) or an old cut wine glass
How to mix a Brandy Julep
For an Brandy Julep cocktail put 3-4 twigs of fresh mint, a teaspoon of sugar and just a bit of soda water in a mixing glass. Squash the mint and sugar. Fill the liquid of that squash in a tumbler. Fill the tumbler entirely with crushed ice. Add Cognac and stir slightly. Put 2-4 twigs of mint in the glass. Sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the drink and add a few dashes of dark rum. Serve with straws. If desired garnish with some cocktail cherries.
The traditional recipe adds 2-4 twigs of mint, some grapes, strawberries and a slice of orange and pineapple to the drink.
Bartender’s tips and advice
- Both the Whiskey Julep and Brandy Julep are also referred to as Mint Julep. If you order a Mint Julep make sure to let the bartender know if you prefer brandy or whiskey.
- This recipe is an original recipe dating back to one of the oldest cocktail recipe books ever published.
- make sure to use fresh mint. Dried mint is not an option and will destroy the drink.
- the European version with Cognac was traditionally served in a cut wine glass while the American version with Bourbon was served in a real silver cup. Find the Whiskey Julep here
- Find more even more tips and interesting facts in the bartenders guide.