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This Blackberry Mint Julep is made with a homemade blackberry simple syrup, fresh blackberries, lemon juice, mint and Maker’s Mark® whisky for a refreshing beverage suitable for a hot summer day or The Big Race in May.
With The Big Race starting soon, I was feeling really inspired to make a drink that reflected my neighboring Kentucky. Nothing is more Kentucky than a mint julep! So, I made a classic Maker’s Mint Julep with a twist by adding some fresh blackberries and a homemade blackberry simple syrup for a delicious take on a Kentucky favorite.
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Blackberry Mint Julep
Get out your lucky wide brimmed sun hat and make sure you are stocked up on ice because we are making Blackberry Mint Juleps for The Big Race!
Start your Blackberry Mint Juleps by making the blackberry simple syrup. Add equal parts sugar, water and fresh blackberries to a pan and bring to a low simmer for a few minutes. I like to use an avocado masher to express all that yummy blackberry juice from the berries to pack the most flavor into the syrup. Once the syrup has simmered a few minutes, remove from heat and let cool 15 minutes. Strain and store the blackberry simple syrup in the refrigerator.
Time to mix some Blackberry Mint Juleps! Drop 6 fresh mint leaves into a julep cup or Collins glass.
Now, add in 1/2 part of the homemade blackberry simple syrup.
Pour 2 parts worth of Maker’s Mark® whisky into the glass followed by three fresh blackberries.
Slice a lemon in half and remove seeds. Squeeze 1/2 part of lemon juice into the glass.
Muddle the mint leaves and blackberries on the bottom of the glass. Make sure to crush the mint well to really infuse all the delicious flavors into your Blackberry Mint Julep.
Fill the glass up with ice and garnish with a mint sprig to serve. I recommend crushed ice over cubed ice because a mint julep is best when ice cold. You may also add in some more fresh blackberries and mint leaves as you fill the glass with ice to add in more color. Plus, I love picking out those liquor soaked ice cold berries from my drink to eat as I am enjoying this Blackberry Mint Julep.