Captain Marryat Julep (Virginia)

Renée G.


Get ready to wrap your hands around one of the oldest recorded julep recipes. Though most often associated with Kentucky, the julep was actually invented in Virginia where it was prepared with brandy instead of bourbon. An Englishman named Captain Marryat was touring the U.S. in the 1800’s when he discovered the refreshing beauty of the julep. This recipe, served at Julep’s in Richmond, follows his original blueprint – apple and peach brandy, fresh mint and simple syrup over a mound of crushed ice.


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2 cups sugar
2 cups water
6 – 8 sprigs of fresh mint
crushed ice
1½ oz. apple brandy
1½ oz. peach brandy
silver julep cups

How to Make Captain Marryat Julep (Virginia)


  • 1Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight.
  • 2Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup followed by both brandies. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup.
  • 3Mound more finely crushed ice and garnish, if you feel the need.

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About Captain Marryat Julep (Virginia)

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American

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