Basil Julep

  • Serves

    makes 4 drinks


The clean, summery aroma of basil completely transforms the classic julep, traditionally made with mint. The drink is also traditionally made with Bourbon — here, we replaced that with Irish whiskey, whose subtle citrus notes intermingle beautifully with the sweet herbs.


  • 8 large basil leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 6 oz. Irish whiskey


Step 1

In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the basil leaves and simple syrup. Pour in the Irish whiskey, and stir briskly one or two times. Fill four glasses with crushed ice; pour equal portions of the drink over the ice, straining out the basil. Garnish with basil sprigs.

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