Mint Julep Variation
It was so good. As I was sipping it, I was thinking about how could I change it up. What kind of variations could I try.
I had just bought a few containers of blackberries on sale and thought that they would go perfectly with the bourbon and the mint.
Oh boy, did they! With just one extra step, you can turn your julep into a delicious fruity cocktail!
- Bourbon – a Kentucky derby cocktail needs a Kentucky bourbon! For this we brought out some Elijah Craig Small Batch.
- Simple syrup – some recipes call for sugar, which you then muddle with the mint. I find simple syrup so much easier.
- Mint – fresh mint.
- Blackberries – fresh. I try to buy organic, even though they are not on the dirty dozen list.
Measure 2 ounces of bourbon.
Measure 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.
Place the blackberries in a mixing glass with the simple syrup and muddle them until they are finely crushed and you have gotten as much juice out of them as possible.
Strain the muddled blackberries into your cocktail glass. You want to strain out the seeds! This step is optional, you could just muddle in the glass, but I like the cleaner look and not having blackberry seeds in my cocktails!
Place the mint leaves in the glass and muddle them into the blueberry syrup. The reason you are muddling them separate from the blackberries is because the mint leaves stay in the cocktail.
Fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour in the bourbon.
Stir until chilled, about 30 seconds. Add more crushed ice to the top and garnish with fresh blackberries and mint sprigs!
So good people! I’m not going to lie, we have had these juleps 3 times since I first made them. I made them until I ran out of blackberries!
As soon as some other fruits go on sale, I’m going to experiment with some other flavors!
More Blackberry Cocktails
- Homemade Blackberry Liqueur –
- Blackberry Cocktail
- Blackberry Ginger Fizz
- Blackberry Vodka
- Blackberry Whiskey Sour
Blackberry Mint Julep
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 6 blackberries 4 to muddle, 2 to garnish
- 6 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- Muddle blackberries and simple syrup in a mixing glass.
- Strain into cocktail glass. Add mint leaves and muddle the leaves with the blackberry syrup.
- Add crushed ice. Pour in the bourbon. Stir for 30 seconds to chill.
- Add more ice and garnish with a mint sprig.