Prescription Julep

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes | Serves: One


  • 1/2 ounce superfine sugar
  • 1 ounce hot water
  • 7 mint leaves plus one mint sprig
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cognac
  • 1/2 ounce Rye


  1. In an old-fashioned glass or julep cup, dissolve sugar in water.
  2. Add mint leaves and press lightly with a spoon.
  3. Add spirits, fill glass with finely crushed ice and stir.
  4. Poke a straw and mint sprig into julep and serve.


If you live in the South, this is just something you should know how to do. Plus, everyone likes giving julep cups as a graduation gift.

This recipe is adapted from David Wondrich. First published in Harper’s Monthly in 1857, where Mr. Wondrich wrote that this was “the tastiest mint julep recipe I know.”

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