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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19 Comments on “Basil Julep”
Goodness!! How does it taste with that much sugar?? That’s 2 tablespoons per cocktail. Typically, you only use 1/2 teaspoon sugar per 2 oz liquor. I can’t imagine how bone-achingly sweet this version would be. Word to the wise!
Only 1/2 ounce of the simple syrup is added to the drink. This text was missing from the recipe after I updated my software. Thank you for pointing this out.
This is a very impressive drink. It is perfect for a Sunday brunch. I am a new fan of Heritage Rye Whiskey fan.
Oh my gosh, I just love the basil here!! This is going to become my go to drink this summer!!
Thank you Sam.
This sounds like a fantastic drink! I think my hubby would especially love it. The garnish is just beautiful!
Thank you Allie, I think he will like it, mine did 🙂
What a lovely spin on a classic! I’ll be sure to wear my big hat while enjoying these 😉
Thank you Kathleen, I felt like I should have been wearing a hat too 🙂
This looks so so yummy and refreshing for spring!
Thank you Ami
I’ve never tried basil in a drink before … but now you’ve made me want to try! Looks like a great holiday time drink, Janette!
Thank you Helen, it makes it so refreshing.
Beautiful pictures! I love basil in anything, so this cocktail is perfect!
Thank you so much Elena
Janette, that rye whiskey sounds perfect in your lovely basil julep. Cheers!!
Thank you Linda, the flavors really balance each other out.
Another lovely cocktail Janette! Looks refreshing!
Thank you Mira, have a lovely weekend 🙂