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The Georgia Mint Julep
06 Mar 2012
The mint julep has never been a cocktail that I could get excited about. Ever since I was in college, there was a mystical appeal about something that involved muddling mint. Sadly, the Mojito always seemed a more successful application of the theory. Maybe it’s the lack of the pewter/silver julep cups? I may never know, because I wasn’t willing to drop $75 for a pair of them.
Enter the Georgia Mint Julep. Unlike the contemporary version, this one uses cognac and peach brandy. Otherwise preparation is relatively similar. I built mine in rocks glasses, lacking the appropriate hardware, and stirred until frost formed on the outside of them. The subjective experience may be inferior, but I’m pretty sure anything in terms of flavor was close enough for the purposes of the experiment.
It’s not too surprising, I imagine, to say that this version of the cocktail is far more ephemeral and refreshing. While high in alcohol, it is delicate and quaffable. This cocktail isn’t my thing, but I’ll argue that on an hot southern day, this could be just the thing. An improvement on the contemporary version in most every way, this may be a niche drink but it’s worth a taste.
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