Blackberry-Mint Julep

prepared by and photo by Emily S. Downs

Not a fan of straight bourbon? Try a julep… a favorite down south, especially around Derby time. Food and Wine magazine offered this version back in 2012 and I do dig it!

Size: makes 1 drink

Small ice cubes
1/4 cup blackberries, plus 1 blackberry for garnish
2 tbsp mint leaves, plus1 mint sprig for garnish
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 oz bourbon


Fill a rocks glass halfway with ice cubes. In a shaker, combine the 1/4 cup blackberries, mint, sugar, bourbon and 1/3 cup of ice cubes and shake well. Strain the drink into the glass through a course sieve, pressing on the solids. Garnish with the blackberry and mint sprig.

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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ