Thursday, April 30, 2015

Dreaming of Derby: Blackberry Mint Julep

blackberry mint julep recipe

The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. The iconic cocktail consists of bourbon, sugar syrup, and mint...simple, right? I've honestly never been a big fan of the julep, mostly because I have a very low tolerance for the taste of bourbon (hence this sweetened up bourbon drink) . Blasphemy for a Kentuckian, I know. But this blackberry julep satisfies my need for sweetness and lets me wave my Kentucky pride proudly--win-win!

I picked up Southern Living's Around the Southern Table cookbook a few months ago and have been googly eyeing so many of the recipes. I came across their blackberry julep recipe and knew it would be perfect.

blackberry mint julep recipe

Better yet..it's super simple..but looks oh so fancy.


Derby Blackberry Mint Julep
2 ounces of fine Kentucky bourbon (I used Angel's Envy)
4-5 mint leaves
2 lemon wedges
4-5 blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar
club soda
ice

Place the mint leaves, lemon wedges, blackberries and sugar into the bottom of your glass. 


Now take your spoon and muddle it all up until everything is combined and the sugar dissolved.


Add in the bourbon....be generous. Drop in the ice and pour in the club soda and let the bubbles fill to the rim.

blackberry mint julep recipe


While the mason jars are cute I now realize that I need julep glasses. Especially, since this drink is so good that I'll have it on repeat all summer.

Are you a julep fan?
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10 comments:

  1. I'm going to turn into an alcoholic this summer if you keep posting these yummy drinks. Lol

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  2. Yummmmmmm!
    I think the mason jar is so so cute!!
    Ok when I saw julep the. Beauty blogger in me thought you were talking about the nail polish brand at first lolol

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  3. I love the mason jar drinks... I just told my sister I want to get rid of my glasses and use mason jars instead.. this drink looks so yummy!!

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  4. It is derby time! I cannot believe I am not doing the Derby thing with my big hat this year, but I was just in Louisville a month or so ago. Next year! This drink look tasty.

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  5. I need one of these now. It's okay that it's only 8:30 AM...it's Friday.

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  6. Yum yum yum!!! I LOVE Mint Juleps - is it sad that they're my favorite part of the Derby?! Haha I wish you could get them everywhere!

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  7. I went with a blackberry julep for the Derby this year as well, and I think it's such a yummy spin on the classic! Thanks for linking up today :)

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  8. I'm all about the mint juleps now after trying one on derby day. I love the addition of blackberry, so will definitely be trying this out soon! xoxo

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