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Basil julep

Basil julep

Synonymous with The Great Gatsby and the Southern US states, a mint julep is usually made with bourbon, but we’ve replaced it with a spirit from even further south – Tequila. Both versions have the same crisp summer note of cucumber, but we swapped the customary mint for savoury, slightly peppery basil. 

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  • Serves1
  • CourseDrink
  • Prepare5 mins
  • Cook10 mins
  • Total time15 mins

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  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • 8 basil leaves, plus one more for garnish
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 60ml Tequila
  • 1 cucumber ribbon, to garnish


  1. Muddle 4 slices of cucumber, 6-8 basil leaves and 10ml sugar syrup in a highball. Add crushed ice and stir. Add the Tequila and fill the glass with more crushed ice. Stir well until chilled and the ice is slightly melting. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon and a basil leaf.

Cook’s tip

Sugar syrup: Bring 250ml water and 250g caster sugar to the boil. Turn off the heat and cool.  

Make it lower ABV by replacing the Tequila with Clean Co. Clean T Non-alcoholic Tequila Replacement.

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