Fresh Basil Julep

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.

Yield: Makes 1 serving
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  • 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. 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.
  2. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Bourbon.
  3. 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.
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