Basil Juleps

I made juleps with herbs from our apartment-garden. I usually make it with mint and I decided to go out on a limb and make one with basil. Here’s how to do it (no fancy julep cups necessary, but highly encouraged)…

Makes 4 drinks

8 large basil leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water simmered until liquified, then cooled)
6 oz whiskey or bourbon

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the basil leaves and simple syrup.

2. Pour in the whiskey or bourbon, and stir.

3. Fill four glasses with crushed ice and pour equal portions of the drink over the ice, straining out the basil.

4. Garnish with basil sprigs.

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