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

  • 1 part Martell Blue Swift
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/5 part sugar syrup berries
  • mint bouquet

Press the mint leaves in a julep cup with a flat end barspoon or a muddler. Add Martell and sugar syrup.

Fill with crushed ice. Stir well until the cup is well frosted. Garnish with berries and a mint bouquet.