Prescription Julep

I would like to say that we made this drink in honor of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but in reality we made it as a tasty remedy to a crazy week. We’re both busy at work, it’s been cold and rainy, and we’re having construction done on our house that is proving to be ‘exciting’ and ‘eventful’…two things you probably don’t want any home renovation to be. So this drink, a cocktail that hearkens back to the 1850’s when alcohol was used medicinally, was just what the doctor ordered. Mint Juleps are usually made with bourbon but this recipe actually predates the ubiquitous modern version and uses a mixture of cognac and rye whiskey. I’m not sure why this riff on the Julep isn’t more popular because many, ourselves included, think it’s the tastiest version we’ve tried. If something ails you (or you’ve just had a long week) give this classic home remedy a try!

Prescription Julep:

Based on this recipe


1 1/2 ounces cognac
1/2 ounce rye
3/4 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes orange bitters
5-6 mint leaves


1. Add mint leaves and simple syrup to a julep tin or rocks glass. Lightly press mint leaves to release oils.
2. Add cognac, rye and orange bitters and stir.
3. Add ice.
4. Garnish with a mint sprig.
5. Enjoy!

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