A uniquely American cocktail made of mint, sugar, bourbon and ice, the Mint Julep has been the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby since 1938. But before the Civil War made foreign products like Cognac hard to come by in the South, Mint Juleps were in fact made with the French spirit. So why not get back to this classic cocktail’s roots with a French twist on an American tradition, made with Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège? The world’s first and favorite V.S.O.P Cognac blends over 60 eaux-de-vie to achieve perfect harmony – a natural balance of strength and smoothness with a long-lasting finish.
- 2 oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
- .25 oz. Apricot Brandy
- .25 oz. Heavy simple syrup (2:1)
- 8 tender mint sprigs (slim stems)
- Garnish: Mint Sprig, sprinkled powdered sugar
- Glass: Julep Cup
Method: Place 8 mint sprigs in the bottom of the julep cup, add the liquids, now fill half full with crushed ice, stir to combine and chill, top with more crushed ice to just above the rim of the glass. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and a small dusting of powdered sugar on top.