Every year as the Kentucky Derby approaches blogs aplenty post classic & nouveaux recipes for the Mint Julep. It is a thoroughly refreshing summertime cocktail of bourbon, sugar, water, and mint leaves.
However, it originally was made with Cognac. Whiskey only became associated with the Mint Julep when the French Phylloxera Blight and the American Civil War deprivations made Cognac difficult to come by, in North America.
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