You may have had a Mint Julep, but have you had a Georgia Mint Julep? I first encountered this version of the Mint Julep in Ted Haigh's Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. It is one of my favorite cocktail books and in it contains the delightful Georgia Mint Julep. Modern mint juleps are usually made with bourbon whiskey. In the old days, say around 1800, cognac and rye whiskey were more commonly used. This version uses cognac as well as peach brandy. Peach brandy isn't the sweet liqueur that is commonly found in stores, but instead should be a brandy distilled from peaches. They are different and peach brandy is now a rare ingredient. There are a few brands on the market to choose from and I use Kuchan peach brandy for this drink. The Georgia Mint Julep is one of my favorite versions of the wonderful Southern gem.
Georgia Mint Julep
10 mint leaves
.25oz simple syrup
1oz peach brandy
Add the mint to your julep cup. Add the simple syrup and muddle very, very lightly. Add the cognac and peach brandy. Add finely crushed ice. Stir to mix. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with mint sprigs. Serve with a short straw.