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Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Chillin': Mint Julep

By Tammy Green from Chicago, USA (Mint Julep)
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Are you having fun with the Summer Chillin' Blog Hop? I'm here with another recipe.

With alcohol consumption about three times higher in the 1860s than modern times, there are a lot of Civil War era recipes for alcoholic drinks. Here is one for the Mint Julep:


3/4 to 1 cup brandy or cognac
1/2 tsp. rum
2 and 1/2 tbs. water
1 tbs. sugar
Several fresh mint leaves

Dissolve one tablespoon of white pulverized sugar in two and one-half tablespoons of water. Take two sprigs of fresh mint and press them well in the sugar and water, until the flavor of mint is extracted; add one wine glass of Cognac brandy, and fill the glass with fine shaved ice, then draw out the sprigs of mint and insert them in the ice with the stems downward, so that the leaves will be above, in the shape of a bouquet; arrange berries, and small pieces of sliced orange on top in a tasty manner, dash with Jamaican rum, and sprinkle white sugar on top. Place a straw across the top of the glass, and there is your mint julep.

From Bon-Vivant's Companion by Jerry Thomas, New York, 1862.


And then go Hop some more.


  1. I wonder if I can make these with Stevia. Hmmm

  2. Of course they didn't have Stevia during the Civil War

    But I think it would work. You should give it a try.