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The Proper Cocktail

Juleps

Juleps are cocktails with base spirit, sugar, and mint over ice. The most common is the Mint Julep. Other variations include Gin Julep, Whiskey Julep, Pineapple Julep, and Georgia Mint Julep.  The Mojito is often classifyed as a Sling, which is also accurate.  However, due to the addition of mint the Mojito is part of the Julep family.  

Mojito

Havana is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as "El Draque", after Francis Drake. In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias Drake's ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were aguardiente de caña (a crude form of rum, translates as fire water from sugar cane) added with local tropical ingredients; lime, sugarcane juice and mint

Tall Glass

8 - 10 mint Sprigs

2 tablespoons Sugar

¼ ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Dash of Soda

Muddle

Fill with Ice

2 ounces of Bacardi

Pour ingredients into the shaker

Shake and pour back into the tall Glass

Garnish with a lime

 

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Mojito

Mojito

Tall Glass

8 - 10 mint Sprigs

2 tablespoons Sugar

¼ ounce Fresh Lime Juice

Dash of Soda

Muddle

Fill with Ice

2 ounces of Bacardi

Pour ingredients into the shaker

Shake and pour back into the tall Glass

Garnish with a lime

 

Julep Recipes

 

Champagne Julep

10-12 leaves of fresh mint, removed from the stems

1 teaspoon sugar (or 1-2 tsp simple syrup, to taste)

2 ounces cognac

Chilled brut Champagne or other brut sparkling wine

Plenty of crushed ice

 

Georgia Mint Julep

1 tsp powdered sugar
1 splash water
1 1/2 oz brandy
1 oz peach brandy
mint leaves


Gin Julep

1  table-spoon white sugar pulverized 

2 1/2  table-spoon water mix well with a spoon 

4  sprig mint

1 1/2  wine-glass gin (Jenever)

 

 Mint Julep

2 to 3 ounces bourbon, to taste

1 teaspoon sugar, to taste, dissolved in 1 teaspoon water (or use 2 tsp. simple syrup)

8 to 10 leaves fresh mint

Mint sprigs, for garnish

Crushed ice

 

Pineapple Julep

4 fresh mint sprigs
3 ripe pineapple wedges
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz bourbon whiskey

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