Prescription Julep Cocktail Drink

Prescription Julep

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you looking for a unique cocktail? This Prescription Julep recipe is just the ticket! It’s a tasty drink, full of fresh ingredients, and you can whip it up quickly.

Prescription Julep Recipe

Enjoy a relaxing evening with this straightforward Prescription Julep recipe! It combines bourbon, sugar, water, and fresh mint.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

152 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Highball Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Place 5-6 fresh mint leaves and 1 tsp sugar into your Julep cup or highball glass.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to press the mint and sugar together really gently.
  • Add Cognac: Pour 1 oz Cognac into the glass.
  • Add Rye Whiskey: Measure and pour 1 oz Rye Whiskey into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Churn: Mix energetically all the ingredients with a bar spoon, until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add Straw: Put a straw into the glass and add more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Place a sprig of mint on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

As a cocktail enthusiast, I've had to improvise when certain ingredients are unavailable. Here are some substitutes that have worked for me:
  • Cognac: Brandy is a good substitute for cognac if you have none. It's made from distilled wine, just like cognac, but it doesn't have to come from the Cognac region of France.
  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon can be used as a substitute for rye whiskey. It's sweeter and less spicy than rye, but it still works well in this cocktail.
  • Sugar: If you're out of granulated sugar, use simple syrup or another sweetener like agave nectar or maple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Prescription Julep:

If you're hosting a party and want to make a pitcher of this cocktail, here's how I do it:
  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by the number of servings you want. For example, for 8 servings, you'd use 8 oz of cognac, 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 tsp of sugar, and about 40-48 mint leaves.
  • Mix: Muddle the mint leaves and sugar together in a large pitcher. Add the cognac and rye whiskey and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual glasses filled with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, check the sugar you're using, as some brands use bone char in their processing methods.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
152
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
0.4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Potassium
 
2
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.01
g
0
%
Vitamin A
 
11
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.1
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
1
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Prescription Julep Cocktail Drink

Prescription Julep Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Enjoy a relaxing evening with this straightforward Prescription Julep recipe! It combines bourbon, sugar, water, and fresh mint.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 152

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 5-6 fresh mint leaves
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprig - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Julep Cup or Highball Glass
  • Muddler
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Place 5-6 fresh mint leaves and 1 tsp sugar into your Julep cup or highball glass.
  • Muddle: Use a muddler to press the mint and sugar together really gently.
  • Add Cognac: Pour 1 oz Cognac into the glass.
  • Add Rye Whiskey: Measure and pour 1 oz Rye Whiskey into the glass.
  • Add Ice: Fill the glass three-quarters full with crushed ice.
  • Churn: Mix energetically all the ingredients with a bar spoon, until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add Straw: Put a straw into the glass and add more crushed ice.
  • Garnish: Place a sprig of mint on top for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

As a cocktail enthusiast, I've had to improvise when certain ingredients are unavailable. Here are some substitutes that have worked for me:
  • Cognac: Brandy is a good substitute for cognac if you have none. It's made from distilled wine, just like cognac, but it doesn't have to come from the Cognac region of France.
  • Rye Whiskey: Bourbon can be used as a substitute for rye whiskey. It's sweeter and less spicy than rye, but it still works well in this cocktail.
  • Sugar: If you're out of granulated sugar, use simple syrup or another sweetener like agave nectar or maple syrup.

Making a Pitcher of Prescription Julep:

If you're hosting a party and want to make a pitcher of this cocktail, here's how I do it:
  • Scale: Multiply all the ingredients by the number of servings you want. For example, for 8 servings, you'd use 8 oz of cognac, 8 oz of rye whiskey, 8 tsp of sugar, and about 40-48 mint leaves.
  • Mix: Muddle the mint leaves and sugar together in a large pitcher. Add the cognac and rye whiskey and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual glasses filled with crushed ice, garnish with a sprig of mint, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, check the sugar you're using, as some brands use bone char in their processing methods.

What is a Prescription Julep?

A Prescription Julep is a cocktail made of rye whiskey, cognac, mint leaves, sugar, and crushed ice. It’s not difficult to make but requires some precision in balancing the flavors of the strong rye whiskey with the sweetness of the sugar and freshness of the mint.

This drink is a variant of another well-known cocktail: The Mint Julep. While both drinks share many ingredients such as fresh mint leaves and sugar, what sets them apart from each other is that while bourbon forms the base spirit for traditional Mint Juleps, Prescription juleps use a combination of Rye Whiskey & Cognac which gives them an extra layer of depth and complexity.

An interesting fact about this cocktail lies within its name – “Prescription.” This term was used often during the prohibition era when cocktails were prescribed by physicians as medicinal treatments!

A side shot of a Precription Julep cocktail in a julep cup on a wooden tray surrounded by a beige cloth and a cognac bottle

What is a Prescription Julep made of – The ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to create a Prescription Julep:

  • Rye Whiskey: The base spirit of the cocktail, it provides a robust and spicy flavor.
  • Cognac: Adds a fruity undertone to the drink.
  • Sugar: Sweetens the drink without adding additional flavors.
  • Mint Leaves: Fresh mint leaves add a refreshing touch and aromatic quality to the cocktail.
  • Crushed Ice: Chills the drink and dilutes the alcohol slightly for a smoother taste.

Cognac, Rye Whiskey, sugar, and mint leaves laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Prescription Julep?

Follow our simple steps to learn how to prepare a Prescription Julep:

1
<p>Add 1 tsp of sugar.</p>

Add 1 tsp of sugar.

2
<p>Add 5-6 mint leaves to a julep cup.</p>

Add 5-6 mint leaves to a julep cup.

3
<p>Gently muddle to release the aroma from the mint.</p>

Gently muddle to release the aroma from the mint.

4
<p>Add 1 ounce of rye whiskey.</p>

Add 1 ounce of rye whiskey.

5
<p>Measure and pour 1 ounce of cognac into the julep cup.</p>

Measure and pour 1 ounce of cognac into the julep cup.

6
<p>Add crushed ice.</p>

Add crushed ice.

7
<p>Using a bar spoon mix the ingredients energetically.</p>

Using a bar spoon mix the ingredients energetically.

8
<p>Add a straw and more ice.</p>

Add a straw and more ice.

9
<p>Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.</p>

Garnish with a mint sprig and serve.

History and Origin of the Prescription Julep

Dr. William Alexander Dugas, a doctor from Augusta, Georgia, started the Prescription Julep’s journey around the 1850s. He suggested it as a health tonic. The original recipe mixed cognac and rye whiskey with sugar and fresh mint. People believed this mix could help cure stomach problems.

Soon, the Prescription Julep began appearing at social events and parties. People started to enjoy its refreshing taste, not just its health benefits.

A Prescription Julep cocktail, shot from above, in a julep cup on a beige surface surrounded by Cognac, Rye Whiskey, sugar, and mint leaves

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FAQ

How many calories does a Prescription Julep contain?
A standard serving of Prescription Julep contains approximately 200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Prescription Julep cocktail?
The strength of a Prescription Julep cocktail typically ranges from 20-25% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to about 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Prescription Julep?
Prescription Julep primarily uses two types of alcohol: cognac and rye whiskey. The combination of these spirits gives the drink its unique flavor profile.
In what kind of glass is a Prescription Julep served?
Traditionally, a Prescription Julep is served in a silver or pewter cup, which helps keep the drink chilled for extended periods.
What does a Prescription Julep taste like?
A Prescription Julep offers a complex flavor profile. The sweetness comes from the sugar, while the mint leaves provide a refreshing aftertaste. The cognac and rye whiskey contribute to its robust and slightly spicy flavor.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Prescription Julep?
The typical ratio for a Prescription Julep is 1 part cognac to 1 part rye whiskey, with about a tsp of sugar and several fresh mint leaves.
How is a Prescription Julep served with ice?
A Prescription Julep is usually served over crushed ice, which not only chills the drink but also dilutes it slightly, balancing out the strong flavors of the alcohol.

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