Herby Julep

I know that a mint julep has nothing to do with Christmas, but I love serving a drink like this, with all of the crushed ice and herbs, right before or during a big holiday meal. This drink winds up being boozy but also refreshing and fun. We always had wine when I was growing up and I love that about the holidays but a signature cocktail that departs from the norm is a great way to shake things up.

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
10 min
1 hr
15 min

8 servings

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tea bags Earl Grey
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs basil, stemmed
  • 2 sprigs mint, stemmed
  • 2 to 3 limes, halved
  • 20 ounces bourbon
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Stir in the sugar and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the tea bags and mint, then remove from the heat and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture and discard the tea bags and mint. Cool for about 1 hour, and then stir in the lemon juice.

  • Fill 8 smallish glasses (or classic julep cups) with crushed ice and muddle in a few leaves basil and mint in each glass, bruising the herbs and mixing them with the ice. Add a squeeze from the limes to each glass, then pour about 3 1/2 ounces of the cooled syrup and about 2 1/2 ounces of the bourbon per glass. Add a straw and enjoy.

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