Put on a fancy hat, sip one of these delightful Blackberry Mint Juleps and transform yourself straight to the Kentucky Derby. These quintessential drinks are so refreshing and a touch of fresh blackberry is such a welcome addition to a perfect medley of flavors. Load it up with plenty of crushed ice and a sprig of fresh mint for a celestial experience.
I am not a huge bourbon drinker, but love the added sweetness and touch of mint this cocktail offers. It is a welcome deviation from my usual drink of choice, the martini. I decided that a touch of fresh fruit was definitely in order for me to truly enjoy this beverage. It is so simple to make, just muddle fresh blackberries and mint together with a generous amount of sugar and whiskey. Oh…and some water! Unless, you want to be on the ground before the race even starts…LOL!
I have to credit my brother for kindly picking me these beautiful fresh mint leaves. Apparently, they are very hard to distinguish to the untrained eye. Me: Can you bring me some of the fresh mint you guys have? Him: Uhhhhh, I don’t even know what that stuff looks like. Me: Seriously? Just go around the area and sniff leaves until they smell minty! Him (after finally bringing said mint leaves): You really owe me for this…I want credit on the blog for this (and so credit has been given as deserved…LOL).
Are you looking for other refreshing cocktails? Be sure to visit my Saturated Saturday page for other great drink recipe ideas. I am obsessed with Frozen Mango Margaritas and Key Lime Pie Martinis right now. I am off to scavenge for more fresh mint leaves…it has to be afternoon somewhere. 🙂
- 3 Oz. Kentucky Bourbon
- 1.5- Oz. Water may add additional to taste
- 6 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 8 Fresh Blackberries
- Crushed/Chopped Ice
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. White Sugar
In a tall glass, muddle 5 blackberries and 6 mint leaves until blackberries.
Add Bourbon, Water and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved.
Pour into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with remaining blackberries and a sprig of fresh mint.