A Julep is an ancient medicinal solution that was used in France in the 1600s. In 1784, it became a proper drink in Virginia, mainly consumed by sugar plantations workers. The first recipe of a 'Mint Julep' with brandy appears in 1833 in Transatlantic Sketches, by Captain J.E. Alexander. In 1862, the master Jerry Thomas indicates to use Cognac for the Mint Julep in How to Mix Drinks. The Mint Julep is since then become a favorite summer American drink.

During prohibition, Americans travelling to Cuba enjoyed rum juleps which led to the creation of the Mojito in the late 1920s.

SWIFT JULEP ORIGINAL RECIPE
SWIFT JULEP

ORIGINAL RECIPE

  • 2 parts Martell Blue Swift
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 1 part sugar

Muddle mint, sugar & dash of water. Add Martell and fill with ice. Shake and pour. Garnish with mint