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Blackberry Mint Julep {Kentucky Derby}

written by Julie Cohn

Did you know the blackberry is Kentucky’s state fruit?  This cocktail is a tangy twist on the traditional Kentucky derby cocktail; a perfect combination of bourbon, mint, and blackberry.  If fresh blackberries are not available, use frozen and allow to thaw before blending.  Also, if you wish to be authentic, use 2 sugar cubes instead of the bakers sugar, although the bakers sugar dissolves easier in the bourbon.

Serves 2

Blackberry Mint Julep

  • 8-10 Fresh blackberries
  • 4 Tbsp. Bakers Sugar
  • 5 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1-2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint, snipped fine
  • 4-5  Whole Mint Leaves
  • Splash of Perrier

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Place the blackberries in a large cocktail shaker.  Sprinkle with the bakers sugar.  add the snipped mint pieces.  Using a muddling tool, smash the blackberries, mint, and sugar together.

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Mix in the bourbon and stir.  Fill two cocktail glasses with ice and pour the blackberry mint julep into the glass, topping off with a splash of Perrier or other sparkling water.

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Garnish with 1-2 mint leaves.

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Did you know the mint julep, traditionally considered a “southern” cocktail, actually originated in Great Britain?   The julep was originally used to quiet an upset stomach.  Since 1938, the mint julep has been the “unofficial” cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs.

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Need something for dessert?  Try this bourbon-soaked Kentucky Derby Pie!

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1 comment

Mary Frances 05/07/2014 at 2:34 pm

Those blackberries are gorgeous, so fresh! I love the idea of pairing them with mint, excellent recipe!

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