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Mixed Berry Mint Julep

“….that the mounds of ices, and the bowls of mint-julep and sherry cobbler they make in these latitudes, are refreshments never to be thought of afterwards, in summer, by those who would preserve contented minds’Charles Dickens

Mixed Berry Mint Julep, Mint Julep, Bourbon

Kentucky Derby, Mint Julep, BourbonI heard about Mint Juleps from a friend. I was fascinated with the name and I always thought this to be some kind of mint based lemonade. I never bothered to ask him though what was in the drink mainly because, I was not so much into mixing cocktails back then. Just in the recent past, I came to know that, Mint Julep is not a minty lemonade. It’s a delicious Bourbon drink instead.

Now he would probably think that, I’m committing a massive cocktail crime by adding berries into this classic cocktail, but, in my defense, the berries make this cocktail insanely delicious.

Mixed Berry Mint Julep, Mint Julep, Bourbon

Mixed Berry Mint Julep, Mint Julep, Bourbon

The secret to this drink is crushed ice. You have to have crushed ice. I crushed my ice with Vitamix.., You can use any blender to crush the ice and most refrigerators these days also crush ice.

So, all you need is – lots of crushed ice, a simple syrup (water and sugar mixture) and bourbon. Don’t worry about berries if you don’t want to use any.

So what does the word “julep” mean? It got a nice ring to it, no? The word comes from the Persian “gulab,” which means “rose-water.” Over the centuries, people started replacing rose water with mint.

Mint Juleps are the official drinks of Kentucky Derby. Like champagne is for New Year Eve, Mint Julep is for Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby began serving this drink in 1938 and now pours more than 100,000 of them on the race weekend.

What I always believe is that, you should  play around until you find your preferred cocktail. If you are looking for some more summer cocktails –

Rosemary Infused Moscow Mule

Lime-Limencillo Martini

The Blueberry Libation

Mixed Berry Mint Julep, Mint Julep, Bourbon

INGREDIENTS:

  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 2 oz. mixed berry syrup (See Notes below)
  • 4 oz. bourbon
  • Lots of crushed Ice

METHOD:

To Make Mixed Berry Simple Syrup

  • Boil 1/3 cup mixed berries with 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup sugar. Once the berries are softened, mash them roughly.

Mixed Berry Mint Julep

  • Put the mint in a cup and muddle it by pressing it gently against the sides and bottom of the cup for a few seconds. DO NOT MASH THE MINT. All we want is just to release the mint’s oils.
  • Add the mixed berry simple syrup.
  • Fill the cup with crushed ice and add the bourbon. Stir gently for 30 seconds or so, until frost forms on the side of the drink.
  • Add more ice if needed.

NOTES:

  1. You don’t have to make Mixed Berry Syrup. It’s entirely optional. Just go for simple syrup instead by boiling 1/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water together until the sugar dissolves.
  2. You don’t have to use mint julep glasses that I have used here. Use Collins glasses instead if you don’t have these glasses available.

Mixed Berry Mint Julep, Mint Julep, Bourbon

93 thoughts on “Mixed Berry Mint Julep

  1. Though I’d had a mint julep, I’d never made one and discovered made at home even better that from a bar.

  2. This looks like the perfect spring drink! I’ve never had one before, but am intrigued now. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I fall for names as well. Because I read such a lot I come across exotic sounding food and am always looking up what they mean; Mint Julep was one of them. 🙂

  4. This looks so delicious! I love the idea of adding berries to such a classic drink. Also – I can’t wait to try your other recipes!!!

  5. Yum! Never thought to put blueberries in a mint julep before. The combination of thr whisky, mint, and blueberries sound heavenly!

  6. I have never had anything like this before. It sounds ah-mazing.

  7. Thank you for this take on the julep! I love love love bourbon in a mixed drink, so this is a perfect recipe for me. Also since there are berries in it, it must be a health drink, right? 😂

  8. OMG that is such a luxurious looking drink. Maybe it’s the awesome photos that enhance it too. I’m suddenly feeling so parched. Can I have a drink, pretty please? 🙂

  9. Same here, Aruna. I read a lot and I’m always mesmerized different yet, interesting stuff. I’m so happy that you liked it and yes, its an insanely delicious drink. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Every time I think of a Mint Julep I think of a hot day in the south. I’ve never actually had one but I’d like to to try it! Thanks for the recipe, your pictures are amazing!

  11. Mint is great! I would love to try the virgin version of your drink, sure will be delish!

  12. I totally need to try this drink!!! It looks delicious 😋 thank you for sharing this cocktail 🍹 I saved it for future fun drinks !

  13. These look so out of this world refreshing! I love that you used crushed ice and added fruits. This is perfect for the summer! It’s definitely going on my recipe list!

  14. I’ve never made this before. I think it’s quite lovely especially if you’re having guests over during the warmer days of the year! It looks so good!

  15. I love mint juleps so much, they might be one of my favorite drinks. I love this idea! Your photos are so cute, they look like little mint plants!

  16. This drink looks so refreshing! Love this fancy presentation. I can’t wait to try this when the weather gets warmer here. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Such a refreshing and classic drink idea. As soon as it warms up here I’m going to be making this Mint Julep.

  18. It looks like a perfect drink!i have not had one, but will go ahead try the recipe! And the berries added looks soo good.

  19. It has bourbon – I’m already sold. 😂 Looks amazing and so yummy.

  20. This sounds just delicious! I’ve never had a berry mint julep but it sounds like I would love it! YUM!

  21. Committing a cocktail crime – lol. I say go for it! I love the idea of berries with the mint.

  22. I am not a drinker myself, but my husband loves to try new drinks all the time. I will have to make this for him as he really like Bourbon. Your images are so pretty

  23. I am a huge fan of the mint julep. I am even liking the bourbon in it when it is sweet. Yum!

  24. Wait this looks so amazing and sweet! Berries and mint is one of my favorite combinations. I rarely try out new alcohol but I am definitely going to give this a try!

  25. First off, these look gorgeous!! I love berries and mint, this must be delicious.

  26. This looks absolutely delicious! I’m growing some fresh mint in my herb garden this year, and I would love to make this 🙂 Just the right amount of sweet! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Mint Juleps are the perfect spring and summer drink recipe. I too grow fresh mint and would love to use it in your recipe!

  28. This looks amazing!! I have never had one of these, but I love the 1920’s so I have always wanted to try one. I just got a bar cart for my bday, so perhaps I will make one of these soon!

  29. Those look gorgeous and sound super tasty! I don’t think i’ve ever had these before, but would love to give them a try. Perfect for the warmer weather on the way!

  30. I am so ready for the Kentucky Derby. The mint julep looks awesome and a great drink to share at a soirée.

  31. Oh my goodness! These are some of the most gorgeous food photos I’ve seen hands down. The recipes sounds amazing, and if it tastes anywhere near as good as it looks it is an absolute winner!

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