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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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Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

Springtime Mint Limonata Julep

Enjoy the flavors of Spring with Meyer lemons and fresh Mint in this Limonata Julep cocktail.

Enjoy the flavors of Spring in this Limonata Julep with Meyer Lemons and fresh Mint.

Springtime provides inspiration for art, poetry, and even cocktails! The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored spring cocktail will have you saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep.

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello. The combination of ingredients makes this Julep cocktail the perfect after dinner drink.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon flavored after dinner liquor made from the zest of lemons from the Amalfi coast. This lemon liquor is traditionally served icy-cold, as Limoncello is kept in the in the freezer. Limoncello varies in proof depending on the base liquor you soak the lemons in, which ranges from Vodka to Everclear.

Some commercial Limoncellos are very sweet, which is why many folks like to make Limoncello at home. The process of making Limoncello takes a few weeks, but making it at home allows you to controll the sugar content and lemony essence, which is well worth the work.

Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you. Maker’s Mark and homemade Limoncello is a great combination, which is why we used it to make this cocktail.

We used Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, to make Limoncello so we could cut back on the amount of simple syrup If you use a lemoncello made from more acidic lemons, add 1 ounce simple syrup.

This is how you make a Mint Limonata Julep!

Mint Limonata Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Limoncello
  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Meyer Lemon for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Limonata Julep: Press a few mint leaves against the bottom of a glass with the back of a spoon, and pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Top with lemoncello and stir together. Squeeze and drop a wedge of meyer lemon into each glass and garnish with a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

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We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

Classic Mint Julep Recipe

We’re betting on this Drink of the Week for the Kentucky Derby!

We’re mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Drink of the week: The Mint Julep

In the spirit of the longest running sporting event in the US, The Kentucky Derby, we have something special in mind. You guessed it! We’ll be mixing up some minty delights today with this Drink of the Week: The Mint Julep!

Mint Juleps are the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby and are a southern springtime staple cocktail. Almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served at the Churchill Downs Racetrack over the two days of the Kentucky Derby. That’s a heck of a lot of bourbon!

Like a Moscow Mule, the Mint Julep also has a special silver metal cup that the drink is traditionally served in, but if you don’t have one you can use a scotch glass.

The mint simple syrup in this recipe is very easy to make and yields enough syrup for a Kentucky Derby Party‘s worth of cocktails. You can even make it well in advance and keep it on hand.

You can also substitute out the bourbon for club soda for party guests who don’t drink or are not of age. Place your bets ladies and gents, and raise your Drink of the Week Glasses to these delicious Mint Juleps.

Check out our Kentucky Derby Party Essentials guide to help plan your Derby parties.

 

Mint Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2½ Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Mint Simple Syrup
  • 3 Large Mint Leaves
  • 2 Cups Crushed Ice
  • Mint Spring for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Julep or Scotch Glass
  • Straws
  • Gallon Ziplock Bag
  • Mallet/Meat Tenderizer

 

Mint Simple Syrup

Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Mint Sprigs (about 15)
Items You’ll Need:

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Container

 

Preparation

How to make the Mint Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and mint sprigs in water over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, and boil until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and let stand 30 minutes. Pour liquid through a strainer into an airtight container. Cover and chill for at least a 1/2 hour.

How to make Crushed Ice: If you don’t have a fridge that has a Crushed Ice button, take a gallon sized ziplock bag and fill it half way with ice. Zip the bag closed, and place the bag on a large paper plate, this helps reduce the watery mess on your counter. Take a mallet, the kind you use to tenderize meat and smash the flat edge against the ice until crushed. Set aside in the freezer until needed.

The Mint Julep: Gently press mint leaves against glass with back of a spoon. Cover leaves with 1/3 cup of crushed ice and add in Mint Simple Syrup. Pour 1 Ounce of Bourbon into glass and stir. Add in more ice and the remaining bourbon. Pack glass with remaining ice, and insert straw. Garnish Mint Julep with a sprig of mint, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 156 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 1 Carbohydrates (g) 4.21 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 4.16 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 1

We’re betting on this Classic Mint Julep recipe for the Kentucky Derby!

 
 

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