Fresh Basil Julep

Fresh Basil JulepRecipe
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Place a cocktail straw near the basil sprig garnish so you sniff the fragrance of basil as you take a sip.


Makes 1 serving

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes


3 fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon Basil Simple Syrup
Crushed ice
2 tablespoons (1 oz.) bourbon
1 (4-inch) cocktail straw
1 fresh basil sprig
Powdered sugar (optional)


1. Place basil leaves and Basil Simple Syrup in a julep cup or an 8- to 10-oz. glass. Gently press leaves against sides of cup with back of a spoon to release flavor. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice. Insert straw, and place basil sprig directly next to straw. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon.

Fresh Mint Julep: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting mint leaves for basil leaves, Mint Simple Syrup for Basil Simple Syrup, and 1 small fresh mint sprig for basil sprig.