• Peach-Basil Juleps

    by Christin Mahrlig on July 3, 2013

    in Cocktails

    Peach Basil Juleps

    This is a delicious twist on the iconic Mint Julep using peach and basil.

    Ok,ok- with the absence of mint, it really shouldn’t be called a julep. But you’ll let it slide once you give it a taste.

    Peach Basil Juleps

    Summer southern gardens should be overflowing this time of year with both mint and basil. (I wouldn’t know. I have 2 brown thumbs.)

    The peach puree is a very welcome addition and helps sweeten the drink without adding gobs of sugar. I wasn’t sure I’d like the basil, but it’s magnificent. Not too surprising considering basil is in the same family as mint.

    It commingles brilliantly with the bourbon and peaches, lending a sweetness that is more nuanced than that of mint, and a little pepperiness as well.

    Peach Basil Juleps

    I could sit on the porch and sip these all day.

    Peach Basil Julep

    Peach-Basil Juleps

    • 5-6 peaches
    • 6-8 basil leaves
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup water
    • ¼ cup bourbon
    • 2 tablespoons of basil simple syrup
    • ¾ cup peach puree
    • basil and peach slices for garnish
    1. Submerge peaches in a pot of boiling water just until skin begins to loosen, about 3 minutes. Remove to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking and then peel skin off. Cut peaches into slices. Measure 3 cups of peaches and place in a blender. Add 1 cup of water and blend until smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove solid pieces. (If you blend really well and don’t mind a small amount of pulp, you can skip this step.)
    2. To make simple syrup, bring ½ cup water, ½ cup sugar, and basil leaves to boil in a small saucepan. Stir to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Let cool.
    3. For each drink, combine 1 cup crushed ice, 2 tablespoons basil simple syrup, ¼ cup bourbon, and ¾ cup peach puree and stir to combine.

    Source: adapted from emmadime.com

    Peach-Basil Juleps

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    Ana July 10, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I need one of these ASAP. Looks amazing! Just wondering how easy it is to find that peach puree, though :(

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    Christin Mahrlig July 12, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    The peach puree is made in step one of the recipe by putting fresh peaches and water in the blender. It’s delicious!

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs July 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

    The peach+basil must be a fantastic combination. So summery!! Ican’t wait to try this recipe now that peaches are in season here. Looks delicious!! x

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    Christin Mahrlig July 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I was surprised by how much I liked the peaches and basil together!

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate July 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    These look delicious!

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