Ooh, my favorite!

Thani’s Julep
May 2, 2013, 11:42 am
Filed under: Drinks


My punk ass brother came up with a cocktail for the restaurant menu, and his outsells mine 10 to 1! To be honest though, it’s a really good drink and I wouldn’t drink my namesake, the Sweet Natira, either. In celebration of the Kentucky Derby this weekend (my dad is so excited) I thought you might enjoy a new take on the classic cocktail.

Thani’s concoction uses Thai Basil instead of mint and St. Germaine instead of sugar. Over the years I’ve played with the proportions and the type of whiskey used. The classic calls for bourbon (distilled from corn), but I prefer rye because it is drier and more expressive than bourbons which tend to be sweeter. Since we’re adding a sweet and floral note with the St. Germaine I have found the rye to be a better pairing.


Thani’s Julep

serves one

4-5 Thai Basil leaves

2 1/2 oz. rye whiskey

1/2 oz. St. Germaine elderflower liqueur

soda water

crushed ice

In a chilled cup, muddle the Thai Basil leaves, bruising them to release their fragrance. Fill the cup with crushed ice, add the whiskey and St. Germaine, then top with soda water. Garnish with a basil leaf.

(For the ice just place ice cubes in a bag or towel and smack it around on the sidewalk, no need to make a special trip.)

Sip and enjoy!








2 Comments so far
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Aw man, if only we had some st. germain at the office I would totally make one right now.

Comment by thanithani

I really love the idea of St. Germaine but lately I’ve started to feel like it’s so sweet. There’s got to be an artisan brand out there. And I’m sure it would taste even better too.

Comment by Natira

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