This Blackberry rendition of the Mint Julep is sure to have you ready for the Kentucky Derby

Blackberry Julep

Place your bets on this Julep

This Blackberry rendition of the Mint Julep is sure to have you ready for the “Run for the Roses®.”

This Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of Springtime's favorite berries to that classic Derby cocktail.

Got a member of the family that absolutely loves the Kentucky Derby? Well, then they are going to love sipping on this Blackberry Mint Julep while they watch the ponies run!

Mint Juleps have been the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby since the 1930s. Each year, almost 120,000 are served throughout the weekend of the Derby. That’s a whole lot of Juleps!

The Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of springtime’s favorite berries to that classic Derby cocktail, and makes a great addition to any Kentucky Derby Party.

To get into the spirit of the Derby, we used a Kentucky Bourbon for this recipe. We used Rowan’s Creek for its spicy notes and oak char-caramel taste. It’s a well-balanced bourbon that was a great offset for the sweet blackberries.

Don’t like Rowan’s Creek? Maker’s Mark is always a good choice for your Julep, but if you like a good burn to your bourbon give Willett Pot Still Reserve a try.

While we’ve crafted our share of Juleps for this blog, this berry rendition of the Mint Julep is our favorite. It is a fresh cocktail that you can enjoy all spring and summer long.

So grab a glass, put on your Ascot hats, and place your bets, because this Blackberry Julep is ready to win the Triple Crown of Cocktails.

This is how you make a Blackberry Julep!

Blackberry Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Kentucky Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 4 to 5 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 8 Fresh Blackberries
  • Fresh Blackberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass or Julep Cup
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Blackberry Julep: Muddle blackberries and mint leaves against the bottom of a glass, or press with the back of a spoon, being careful not to shred the mint leaves.

Pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Stir gently to combine, and top with more ice. Garnish with blackberries and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 5 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.5 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1.5

This Blackberry rendition of the Mint Julep is sure to have you ready for the Kentucky Derby

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Cherry Bourbon Smash

Bourbon and Cherry make a lovely couple

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

Bourbon and cherry make a lovely couple in this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe.

Don’t you just love to experiment with cocktail recipes? We sure do! And when given a delicious bit of inspiration, like the Cherry Whiskey Smash by Jessica from How Sweet It Is, we end up with gems like our Cherry Bourbon Smash.

Now before we go any further, I say try the original before trying our variation on the recipe. You might find you like the Whiskey version better than the Bourbon version, and that is perfectly fine. If you are on the bourbon train like me, let’s get into it.

I’ve been on a bit of a Jim Beam kick recently. It could be because I’ve been enjoying some hot toddies this winter, and Jim works really well with this new tea I bought at Teavana. When I came across the Cherry Whiskey Smash recipe, I thought it might taste good with Jim instead of Jack.

Cherry cocktails sometimes taste like cough syrup to me, which is why I suggest tart cherry juice instead of the sweet variety. It will help balance out the sweetness of the Amaretto and Cherry Coke.

If you’re not a Jim fan, I won’t hold it against you. Everyone’s tastes are different. This is a recipe I would use this recipe when you have cheap bourbon that you want to doctor up the taste. I also consider it a Valentine’s day cocktail option that isn’t so frilly.

Check out this Cherry Bourbon Smash recipe!

Cherry Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Tart Cherry Juice
  • ½ Ounce Amaretto
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Brandy
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Coke
  • Maraschino Cherries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

Preparation

Cherry Bourbon Smash: Add bourbon, cherry juice, amaretto and brandy to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until chilled. Pour over ice in a rocks glass, and top with cherry coke. Stir together to combine. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 10 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 6

This take on the Cherry Whiskey Smash blends sweet and tart flavors to create one delicious cocktail.

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Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

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It’s sugar, it’s spice, and it’s everything oh-so nice. This spiked Mexican hot chocolate will make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Don’t forget the whipped cream on top!

 

Salted Caramel White Hot Chocolate

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White hot chocolate? Who would have thunk! This delightful mix of caramel, white hot chocolate, and Bailey’s is going to change the way you look at hot chocolate.

 

Bourbon Hot Chocolate

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Bourbon. Marshmallows. Chocolate. You can’t go wrong with this combination of spiked hot chocolate awesomeness!

 

Kahlua Hot Chocolate

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Of all the spiked hot chocolate recipes, this might be our favorite. It’s a creamy and frothy hot chocolate with an adult twist that you’ll want to drown in chocolate sauce.

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This is the perfect spiked hot chocolate recipe for snowy nights to sip by the fire. It’s also a great grown-up dessert!

 

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Maple-Bourbon Smash

Smash Right Into Autumn!

Hello most wonderful time of the year! Maple syrup pairs so delightfully with bourbon in this fall cocktail!

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If there could be one thing we love about fall more than apple cider, it’s got to be fresh maple syrup! Local orchards and parks would tap trees to show the kids where their syrup came from. We used to leave with jars of maple syrup and my brother would devour it in a matter of days. That’s probably why he loves this Maple Bourbon Smash. It’s a little reminder of home.

Smash cocktails are kind of the happy love child of a liquor, some form of sweetener, and an infused fruit or fruit juice. There are all kinds of smashes from Whiskey to Vodka, like our Strawberry Gin Smash. These cocktails are served over ice, and can be either really simple or extremely complex. Never fear; though, this fall cocktail is easy to make and even easier to drink!

This whiskey cocktail is fairly simple with only 3 ingredients. If you have access to fresh maple syrup, not the processed Aunt Jemima kind, use it! To me, processed items always make cocktails taste funny, so I try to use fresh products as much as possible. In this case, I grabbed a soy-free maple syrup that I found in our local health food store [having to go on a soy-restricted diet for my health has been a challenge]. Organic maple syrup works well too if you can get your hands on it.

Next, you are going to need a good bourbon. I still had some Basil Hayden’s left in the bottle, so into the cocktail shaker it went. You are going to want a spicy flavored bourbon to offset some of the sweetness of the maple syrup. This might take some experimenting to get it just right for your flavor pallet.

Now let’s show you how you make a Maple-Bourbon Smash!

 

Maple-Bourbon Smash

Yields: 1 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Maple-Bourbon Smash: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass over a large cube of ice. Garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 207 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 42 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 2

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Southern 75 Cocktail

A Beertail with a Southern twist

You’ve never had a beer cocktail quite like this Southern 75!

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Drink of the Week: The Nor’easter

Oh no! Anything but snow!

This is the only Nor’easter that we don’t mind.

Drink of the week - Nor'Easter

This drink of the week recpe comes from the folks behind the bar at Char No 4, Brooklyn’s home of American Whiskey, where they sure know how to make a killer bourbon cocktail, like this Nor’easter.

The Nor’easter cocktail puts a Southern twist on one of our past Drinks of the Week the Dark and Stormy.

Let this delicious beauty accompany your next Netflix session as you wait out the cold weather this winter.

 

The Nor’easter Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 4 Ounces Bourbon
  • 2 Ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 Ounce Maple Syrup
  • 1+ Ounce Lime Juice (To Taste)
  • Lime Wedge
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Whiskey Glass

 

Preparation

The Nor’easter cocktail: Combine Maple syrup, lime juice, bourbon and ginger ale in a cocktail shaker (Tip: If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a Tervis Tumbler with a tight lid to do this step). Shake it up until well mixed. Chill in the freezer for 2–4 minutes, until very cold. Strain and pour over ice, then garnish with a fresh lime wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 180 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 
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