Take one large cut glass, half full with water, add six sprigs of fresh Mint, three lumps of sugar. Stir well, till the sugar is absorbed. Add a tablespoonful of good Brandy or Whisky, and stir well. Add a little lemon and orange peel, if desired. Fill the glass with crushed ice, and decorate on top with sprigs of Mint. Place a few ripe strawberries on top of the Mint, sprinkle lightly with crushed sugar, and serve. This Julep was a famous offering at the ancient plantation homes of Louisiana. Sliced orange or sliced pineapple is frequently added.