Based on a classic mint julep, this recipe for basil julep is very refreshing and perfect for sipping as the sun goes down. Fresh basil leaves and Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.
The traditional drink of the Derby is the mint julep, but this is my twist on this classic and is just as delicious. The pepper and spices of the rye are offset with the freshness and aroma of the basil to make a perfectly civilized sipping drink.
Basil Julep Recipe – Step by Step
What are the ingredients in a Basil Julep?
Similar to the mint julep, but for this recipe I used Rye and switched the mint for basil.
The first step is to dissolve the sugar into the water to make a simple syrup. This is done in a saucepan over medium heat and allowed to cool. Once cooled, fresh basil leaves are muddled in the simple syrup to extract the basil flavor.
Which whiskey is best for julep?
Traditionally, for the mint julep, Bourbon whiskey is used. I like this drink with both rye and bourbon so the choice is yours.
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