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While the exact history of the Sazerac is somewhat shrouded in mystery, it is a very interesting tale. What’s important here is, like many other of the world’s great inventions, the first cocktail was born here right in America. A product of the American dream, entrepreneurship, and the search for greatness, the Sazerac is a shining example of the essence of the American spirit: only settling for the best (and the tastiest)!
The Mint Julep originated in the south as a medical concoction used by doctors in the late 1700s. It was first recorded as a prescription in a 1784 book called Medical Communications, under the following passage: “sickness at the stomach, with frequent retching, and, at times, a difficulty of swallowing. I then prescribed her an emetic, some opening powders, and a mint julep.” What a time to be alive. I tried, but I couldn’t get my doctor to prescribe me a mint julep!