1948 The Bon Vivant's Companion by George A Zabriskie (2nd edition)

The BonVivant's Companion

fancy drinks


The Julep ispeculiarlyan Americanbeverage, and in the South ern states is more popular than any other. It was introduced by Captain Marryat into England, where it is now quite a favorite. The gallant captain seems to havehad a penchant for the nectar- eous drink, and pubhshed the recipe in hiswork on America. We give it in his own words: "I must descant a little upon the mint julep, as it is, with the thermometer at loo degrees, one of the most delightful and insinuating potations that ever was invented, and may be drunk with equal satisfaction when the thermometer is as low as 70 degrees. There are many varieties, such as those composed of claret, Madeira, etc., but the ingredients of the real mint julep are as follows (I learned how to make them and suc ceeded pretty well): Put into a tumbler about a dozen sprigs of the tender shoots ofmint; upon themput a spoonfulof white sugar and equal proportions of peach and common brandy, so as to fill it up H or perhaps a little less; than take rasped or pounded ice, and fill up the tumbler. Epicures rub the lips of the tumbler with a piece of fresh pineapple, and the tumbler itself is very often encrusted outside with stalactites of ice. As the ice melts you drink. I once overheard two ladiestalldng in the next room to me, andoneof themsaid, 'Well, if I have aweakness for any one thing, it isfor amint julep!'—avery amiable wealoiess, provingher good sense and good taste. They are, in fact, like the American ladies, irresistible."

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