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.
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
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***.
*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.
Like this cocktail recipe? Here are more of my favorites:
- Black Eyed Susan Cocktail – another derby-inspired drink!
- Watermelon Basil Martini
- Spicy Chipotle Pineapple Martini – Epic!
- Tiramisu Martini
- Caramel Apple Martin
Cheers to the derby and this Blackberry Mint Julep!
Cheers friends! Have an awesome weekend!