This Blackberry Ginger Mint Julep is a twist on an icy and refreshing spring tradition, and perfect for any Derby Day brunch! Minted simple syrup and blackberries are muddled together with good strong Kentucky bourbon, then topped with ginger beer for an added kick of flavor.
Course Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword mint julep
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 1minute
Steep Time 30minutes
Total Time 6minutes
Mint Simple Syrup
Blackberry Ginger Mint Julep
1/4ounceMint Simple Syrup
6mint leavesplus more for garnish
6fresh blackberriesplus more for garnish
Mint Simple Syrup:
In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and mint leaves. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat and allow syrup to steep for 30 minutes.
Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass jar, discarding the mint leaves. Allow syrup to cool before using, then store the rest in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Blackberry Ginger Mint Julep:
Place the simple syrup, mint leaves, and blackberries in the bottom of a highball or julep glass. Muddle together until the leaves begin to break down, releasing the oils.
Fill the glass halfway with ice, then add the bourbon and stir. Fill the glass with more crushed ice, then top with ginger beer.
Garnish with blackberries, a sprig of mint, and a straw. Serve immediately.