Sonneville Mint Julep

Perfect for when you need a stiff but refreshing drink
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Sonneville Mint Julep Recipe
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Did you know that the mint julep was originally made with cognac instead of bourbon? Neither did we. But this old-school version from the bar director of Maison Premiere has enlightened us. Will Elliott stirs cognac with French sweet wine, bitter liqueur and lemon juice before throwing it in the freezer with crushed ice to chill. Served it with fresh mint and a lemon twist.  It's refreshingly retro.

To learn more, read "Mint Condition."

Sonneville Mint Julep

Recipe adapted from Will Elliott, Maison Premiere, Brooklyn, NY

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 10 minutes


1½ ounces cognac (preferably Dudognon)

½ ounce Pineau des Charentes

¼ ounce Suze

¼ ounce lemon juice

3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters

Crushed ice

Mint sprigs, for garnish

Lemon twist, for garnish


In a julep tin, combine the cognac, Pineau des Charentes, Suze, lemon juice and bitters. Fill the tin with crushed ice and stir with a swizzle stick until the tin develops condensation. Then place it in the freezer for 5 minutes. Remove from the freezer, garnish with mint sprigs and a lemon twist, then serve.

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