I wasn’t planning on doing another round of Drinks and Links this week, but with the Kentucky Derby this weekend I’ve been seeing recipes for Mint Juleps all over the Internet. I had to see what all the buzz was about. 

This drink is definitely out of my comfort zone. I typically don’t like bourbon / whiskey and I don’t watch the derby. Nonetheless, today I’m making Blackberry Mint Juleps.


You know me – I couldn’t make just a standard mint julep. I decided to give this classic drink a little IBC twist with the addition of fresh blackberries and blackberry whiskey.

All I did was puree some blackberries in the blender and add them to the traditional recipe. I will say the combination is delicious. And, I actually kind of like the whiskey! Who would have thought?

Let’s mix up a few!

Blackberry Mint Julep

Here’s what you’ll need (for one cocktail):

5-6 mint leaves
½ oz. blackberry puree*
2 ½ oz. blackberry whiskey (I used Bird Dog.)
½  oz. simple syrup**
½ oz. water

Let’s get mixing:
In the bottom of your glass, muddle / crush together mint leaves, simple syrup, and blackberry puree.
Fill glass with ice cubes, then pour in bourbon / whiskey and water. Stir.
Garnish with a few blackberries and a sprig of mint, and a super cute stir stick***.
Enjoy responsibly.

*Put a handful of fresh blackberries into a blender. Puree the blackberries until smooth.

**Bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.

***I just added a piece of washi tape, sticky sides together, and made a v-cut in the end.

Okay, we’ve got our cocktails and the TV is turned to the race. Now let’s get lost in some links.

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If you didn’t already know this, I’m kind of a big country music fan. Right now I’m listening to Hunter Hayes’s new single, “I Want Crazy.”

My blogger BFF, Courtney of Pizzazerie, is launching a new book this summer. It’s called Frostings. I’m pretty sure it’s going to take my love affair with cake to a whole new level.

It may be old news to some, but I’m still obsessed with Bri Emery’s (of Design Love Fest) living room. It was styled by Emily Henderson. Eclectic, gorgeous, and kind of magical.

Have you seen the Dove Real Beauty Sketches video? If not, stop what you are doing and go watch. It’s truly beautiful.

A SnowBall Cake Roll. Are you kidding me? Dying here. Thank you, Sprinkle Bakes.

Enjoyed this article from Holly Becker of Decor8 about blogging, trends, and sharing content. Good stuff! If you are a blogger, it’s a must read.

 

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Cheers friends! Have an awesome weekend!

Blackberry Mint Julep

By Michael Wurm, Jr. Published: May 3, 2013

  • Yield: 1 Cocktail

Author: Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In the bottom of your glass, muddle / crush together mint leaves, simple syrup, and blackberry puree.
  2. Fill glass with ice cubes, then pour in bourbon / whiskey and water. Stir.
  3. Garnish with a few blackberries and a sprig of mint, and a super cute stir stick ***.
  4. *Put a handful of fresh blackberries into a blender. Puree the blackberries until smooth.
  5. **Bring 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. I usually let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes to create a thicker syrup. Allow syrup to cool completely.
  6. ***I just added a piece of washi tape, sticky sides together, and made a v-cut in the end.
Inspired By Charm Paint Colors
Comments

  • Nova at

    this drink sounds fabulous! gonna have to try it out for Derby tomorrow!!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! Sounds like a plan. What time? I’ll be there.

      xo
      Michael

  • Courtney at

    Oh HEAVENS I love you!!! BFF forever. And this drink? Want. Now. Thank you for your sweet support!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Holla! Always. Though, I can’t preorder my book because I need an autograph! We need to get on another project together STAT!

      xo
      Michael

  • LisaG at

    Well, I finally got it to “pin” but I had to go to my settings and search the address from my account. Didn’t see it on any of your boards… trivialgoddess

  • Crista at

    Another great Friday after work drink!

  • Mary at

    You had me at blackberry! I am giddy right now, because I just heard you will be at Haven! Can’t wait to meet you in real life.

  • Melissa from the Blue House at

    I don’t like whiskey either, but blackberries are my favorite so I had to click this link… and *THAT* looks delicious!

  • kentucky derby 2015 tickets at

    After I initially commented I seem to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are
    added- checkbox and now each time a comment is
    added I recieve 4 emails with the exact same comment.
    There has to be an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi there! According to my subscriptions manager you are no longer subscribed to receive comments. You should be good now. 🙂

      xo Michael

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