Near Eastern Julep [Cocktail Recipe]

In this recipe from Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar in Louisville, Kentucky, the traditional Julep swaps in basil for mint and gets a spicy kick from Becherovka liqueur.


  • 2 oz. Old Grand-Dad Bottled-in-Bond bourbon
  • ½ oz. Becherovka liqueur
  • ½ oz. ginger syrup (see note)
  • Basil leaves, plus 1 leaf for garnish


Rub basil leaves along the inside of a double Old Fashioned glass, then add the bourbon, liqueur, and syrup. Fill the glass with crushed ice and swizzle for 5 seconds. Garnish with a slapped basil leaf.

Note: To make ginger syrup, steep peeled ginger in a ratio of 1-to-1 water to sugar.

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