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
- 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.