The Story Behind The Italian Julep

The classic Mint Julep gets an Italian accent with this cocktail from Boleo, a rooftop bar above Chicago’s Kimpton Gray Hotel. Swapping out bourbon or whiskey for Cynar, an amaro with distinctly vegetal flavors, also makes it a lower-proof drink. (At Boleo, it's called a Cynar Julep.)


  • 1½ ounces Cynar Italian amaro
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • ¼ ounce raspberry syrup, such as Monin
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • Fresh mint, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Pour into a Julep cup over crushed ice, and garnish with mint.

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Updated: 2019-04-24

The Italian Julep Recipe