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Basil Julep
Basil Julep
Basil-infused bourbon is the star of the show in this inspired julep, created by Uncommon Ground bar manager Jim Cozzens. It's a drink served every summer, incorporating basil grown in earth boxes on the Uncommon Ground patio.
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  • Two medium basil leaves
  • 1.5 oz. basil-infused Four Roses bourbon
  • 1 oz. mint simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Soda
  • Large basil leaf for garnish
For the basil-infused bourbon, use two full stems of basil per one liter bottle of bourbon. Start by pouring off a little bourbon to make room for the basil. Stick the herbs in the bottle and let sit for a day.
For the mint simple syrup, combine a 1:1 ratio of sugar to boiling water and then add five mint leaves per cup of syrup.
For the cocktail, muddle two medium basil leaves in a glass. Add 1.5 oz. of basil-infused bourbon and 1 oz. mint simple syrup. Add ice and soda to top, mix well. Garnish with large basil leaf.

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