Based on a classic mint julep, this recipe for a basil julep is very refreshing and perfect for sipping as the sun goes down. Fresh basil leaves and rye Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.
Based on a classic mint julep, this recipe for a basil julep is very refreshing and perfect for sipping as the sun goes down. Fresh basil leaves and rye Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.
The Kentucky Derby maybe 1 month away, but there’s no reason to wait for then to enjoy a delicious julep. The traditional drink of the Derby is the mint julep, but this basil julep 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.
A basil julep drink on a board with ingredients in the background

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.

 Based on a classic mint julep, this recipe for a basil julep is very refreshing and perfect for sipping as the sun goes down. Fresh basil leaves and rye Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.

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Yield: 2

Basil Julep

Basil Julep

Fresh basil leaves and rye Whiskey served chilled over ice is the perfect warm weather cooling drink.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 4 ounces Heritage rye whiskey
  • 2 ounces water
  • Crushed ice

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the rye whiskey and water, fill with ice and stir.
  4. Add the straining top to the shaker and strain into a short glass. Garnish with 2 basil leaves.

Nutrition Information

Yield

2

Serving Size

1 drink

Amount Per Serving Calories 293Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 345mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 3gSugar 27gProtein 5g
This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.
 
Basil julep