Blackberry Mint Julep

Classic Kentucky Derby cocktail with a tangy twist.

30 May

We recently visited Woodford Reserve on the bourbon trail in Kentucky. Austin Musselman from the Brown Foreman family and Ashbourne Farms helped deepen our love for bourbon by giving us a family reserve bottle of Old Forester to bring back to the studio. Immediately upon our return from KY, we created our own version of the Mint Julep using Woodford Reserve’s specialty bottle of double double.

Smooth bourbon, cool mint, fruity but tangy blackberry with a touch of clean sweetness from the simple syrup. All of the flavors blended, but stayed separate and unique, allowing us to pick up notes of every element in each sip. 

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BLACKBERRY PUREE

  • 2 6-ounce containers of blackberries
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of water

FOR THE BLACKBERRY MINT JULEP

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 4-5 small mint leaves (or 2 large, torn)
  • 2 1/2 ounces Woodford Bourbon
  • 1 ounce blackberry puree
  • blackberries and mint leaves for garnish
DIRECTIONS

MAKE THE BLACKBERRY PUREE

Place blackberries and water in a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine mesh sieve using the back of a spoon to coax the mixture through the holes. Discard seeds and pulp.

MAKE BLACKBERRY MINT JULEP

Place simple syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of a julep glass or double old fashioned glass. Muddle gently to release the oils of the mint, but do not shred the leaves. Add Woodford and blackberry puree. Stir gently to combine. Fill glass with crushed ice and stir until sides of glass are nice and frosty. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a mint leaf and a few blackberries. Serve!

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