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Happy Hour: Brandy Julep

The weather warmed up this weekend, and a wonderfully refreshing drink was definitely a must. Looking for inspiration, I flipped through the latest issue of Imbibe magazine and came across a Brandy Julep. With a Kentucky Derby Party just around the corner, I knew I had found my drink. It's a sweet treat for a hot day, and a nice twist on a classic cocktail. To get the recipe,


Note: If the day is warm enough the ice will start to melt and dilute the drink a bit. At first I was worried that it would be a problem, but soon realized that the melting ice toned down the sweetness of the drink .

Brandy Julep

Brandy Julep

Brandy Julep


  1. 1 1/2 oz. brandy
  2. 1/4 oz. Jamaican (dark) rum
  3. 1 oz. simple syrup
  4. 3-4 fresh mint sprigs*
  5. crushed ice


  1. Fill a highball glass halfway with crushed ice.
  2. Add ingredients and stir, bruising the mint lightly with the spoon.
  3. Garnish with season fruits.

*Note: My mint looks dark because it is a chocolate-mint variety. It just happens to be the one that is growing rampant in my back yard, and doesn't actually have much chocolate taste at all. Any mint variety should do.

Join The Conversation
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Not a brandy girl...
bikinib7 bikinib7 9 years
omg, i thought they looked like moths or butterflies too! haha - i think if i were to make this, i'd ditch the mint
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
I just read about these, and was looking for a recipe. Thanks!!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
looks like cotton balls and a moth?!
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