Basil Julep

Basil Julep
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 Jameson Irish whiskey, whose subtle citrus notes intermingle beautifully with the sweet herbs. See the recipe for the Basil Julep »Anna Stockwell

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.

Basil Julep
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.
Yield: makes 4 drinks

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.