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.

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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?

And as much as I love these little wash tape flag drink stirrers, you really need one of these DIY Gold Horse Drink Stirrers!

Let’s mix up a few!

Blackberry Mint Julep

Blackberry Mint Julep

makes 1 cocktail

Here’s what you’ll need:

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.

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Cheers to the derby and this Blackberry Mint Julep!

Cheers friends! Have an awesome weekend!

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  • 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!

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  • Susan at

    I’m not much of a viewer of sports, BUT I do watch the Triple Crown, since it goes so quickly. This drink sounds yummy, thanks so much!

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