Adapted from the Rachel Maddow Show transcript
Other than not containing any bourbon, the Prescription Julep is pretty similar to a regular Mint Julep.
Start with the sugar. You can use simple syrup where the sugar and water are already combined into a syrup, but for this drink, I like to just use a teaspoon of granular sugar and then add the water right in the glass - an ounce of water. Use more sugar if that’s your taste. It doesn’t need to be perfectly dissolved but you want that to dissolve at least a little bit.
Then you need good fresh mint - a half dozen leaves or so. Don’t use the whole sprig because the stalk of the mint isn’t the flavor or the texture that you want.
Smoosh it around a little bit. You don’t need to go crazy with the muddling. Just use the back of your bar spoon. Get the mint, the sugar, and the water incorporated with each other.
Add 1½ ounce of cognac or brandy. The better the liquor the better the drink!
Add a ½ ounce of delicious rye whiskey.
Add as much ice as you can to the drink. A proper julep would have ice that was crushed so finely that it was basically turned into powder, but plain old crushed ice also serves.
Stir it up. Stir it for as long as you can stand to without drinking this thing.
Add a sprig of mint as a garnish.
As juleps go, this is bogus but it works and it is delicious!
Video after the jump.