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

Blackberry Julep

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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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Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

Plan a Triple Crown Worthy Derby Party

These Kentucky Derby party essentials are sure to win you the Triple Crown of party planning.

Kentucky Derby Party Essentials

 

1. Mint Juleps

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

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. You can’t have a party without them. Get the recipe from Brio

 

2. Bacon Pimento Cheese Puffs

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

If you are from the south, you know we have an unholy obsession with pimento cheese…and bacon. These awesome little pastry puffs are a great way to do away with boring cheese and cracker plates for good. You guests will love them! Get the recipe from the blond cook

 

3. Bourbon Tasting Bar

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Having a bourbon tasting bar is a great addition to any Kentucky Derby party. Your guests can sip on some fine bourbon while they wait for the show to get on the road. You can even label the cups with the names of this year’s ponies and see which one comes out on top. Get the set up from Celebrations at home

 

4. Mint Julep Cupcakes

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Why not do something completely different and bake your Mint Juleps instead! These mint julep cupcakes are a sugary grown up treat that will be the envy of your dessert table. Get the recipe from Food.com

 

5. Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Benedictine spread is another one of those classic Kentucky Derby foods that no party could do without. These horse-shoe shaped tea sandwiches give Benedictine spread new life, are really cute too.
Get the recipe from Tea Time Magazine

 

6. Kentucky Hot Brown Mac and Cheese

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Upgrade your Kentucky Hot Browns with this fantastic Mac and Cheese side dish. It is a delicious alternative to classic hot browns that you serve on crackers or as sliders.
Get the recipe from Foodtastic Mom

 

7. Kentucky Derby Pie Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

Personally, I don’t like baking pies, so having a pie alternative is always part of my game plan. These cookie bars have all the Kentucky Derby Pie flavor stuffed into a tiny more portable package. You don’t even need a plate. Get the recipe from half baked harvest

 

8. Derby Julep Lemonade

Essential Kentucky Derby Party Recipes

This Mocktail is great to get the kids into the Derby spirit. It’s also the perfect refreshment for any non-drinkers at the party. I would rather use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this lemonade instead of the Crystal Light Lemonade like the recipe suggests though. Get the recipe from hot beauty health

 

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