Bright and herbaceous, this simple, three-ingredient tipple also packs a boozy bite. Named after the Diamondback Lounge in Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, the drink first appeared in Bottoms Up, a cocktail book published in 1951 by Ted Saucier. Word of caution: Making the cocktail as Saucier did (with all overproof spirits) results in an extremely potent mix that might prove unpleasant for all but the most bulletproof palates.
Before the Julep was a celebrated type of cocktail, it was medicine. And before it was automatically made with bourbon, it was typically made with brandy. The Prescription Julep reflects both aspects of the Julep’s history. Published in Harper’s Monthly in 1857, it was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the drink’s medicinal past and cal...