Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Mint Julep

1 table-spoon white sugar

Ingredient: white sugar

What it is:  Additive
Class of edible crystalline substances, mainly sucrose for table sugar. Many 19th century recipes specifically called for white sugar, which is more refined and preferred over browner sugars. But modern white sugar is probably too refined, making raw cane sugar the best, easily available choice.

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pulverized
2 1/2 table-spoon water

Ingredient: water

What it is:  Additive
Ubiquitous chemical substance that is composed of hydrogen and oxygen and is essential for all forms of life -- also a component of all drinks.

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mix well with a spoon
4 sprig mint

Ingredient: mint

Also Known As:  peppermint, spearmint What it is:  Herb
Usually spearmint, mint is an ingredient in several mixed drinks, such as the mojito and mint julep. Sweet tea, iced and flavored with spearmint, is a summer tradition in the Southern United States.

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1 1/2 wine-glass brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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dash Jamaica rum

Ingredient: Jamaica rum

What it is:  Rum
Generic term for dark rum from Jamaica. Dark rum differs from gold in that some residual molasses is retained in the final product, in order to slightly sweeten the flavor. Very popular in the late 1800s and superior to most New England rums. Modern approximations include Inner Circle, Gosling's Black Seal and Pusser's Navy Rum.

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(Use a large bar glass.)

Fill the glass with fine shaved ice; stir well, then take some sprigs of mint and insert them in the ice with the stem downward, so that, the leaves will be above in the shape of a bouquet; ornament with berries, pineapple and orange on top in a tasty manner; dash with a little Jamaica rum, and sprinkle with a little sugar on top; serve with a straw.

This drink is known not only in this country, but in all parts of the world, by name and reputation. (See Illustration, Plate No. 8.)