Basil Julep Recipe – Step by Step
What are the ingredients in a Basil Julep? The same as a mint julep, Bourbon, sugar, water and mint. For this recipe I used Rye and switched the mint for basil.
The next 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.
What is mudding?
Muddling is the technique used in cocktail making to lightly mash fresh or fresh herbs to extract their flavors and help infuse them into the drink. If you don’t have a muddler (as I did not at the time), use the handle of your favorite wooden spoon.
Fresh basil leaves and rye Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 8 large basil leaves
- 4 ounces Heritage rye whiskey
- 2 ounces water
- Crushed ice
To a small saucepan add the water and sugar over medium heat. Heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring often. Remove and allow to cool. This is the simple syrup.
To a cocktail shaker add the cooled simple syrup and 6 basil leaves. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle (lightly mash) the basil into the syrup.
Add the rye whiskey and water, fill with ice and stir.
Add the straining top to the shaker and strain into a short glass. Garnish with 2 basil leaves.