Blackberry Mint Julep in a small glass (with logo overlay)

Blackberry Mint Julep: Refreshing Cocktail

Blackberry Mint Julep is a delicious way to change up the classic summertime cocktail. Use a mint-infused simple syrup for extra flavor.

Blackberries have been growing abundantly in our garden recently, so we’ve been trying to find new ways to use them up. This time, our new recipe was a Blackberry Mint Julep. It’s a delicious drink that also uses the mint from the garden. 

I love when we can use ingredients fresh from the garden. It makes everything taste so much better. And, we know where everything comes from. 

This recipe uses a mint-infused simple syrup, which adds a lot of sweetness to the drink. We had to make a big batch of the simple syrup. It was more than what was needed for one drink, but we used it to make a few drinks. 

Justin made it originally for the Blackberry Mint Julep, but we also used it to make a strawberry mojito. I like my drinks very sweet, so I still added a bit of sugar when I made a mojito. But, in the julep, it was the perfect amount. 

Step by Step

Chop the mint leaves into small pieces. This helps release the juices and makes them easier to work with.

To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves in a small saucepan. Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 

Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the mint leaves from the syrup. Discard the mint leaves. Let the syrup cool completely. 

In a serving glass, carefully muddle the mint leaves and blackberries. Add the bourbon to the glass with 2 tbsp of the mint simple syrup. Stir until everything is combined. Add ice and top with 7Up. Garnish with extra mint leaves. 

Recipe

Blackberry Mint Julep in a small glass

Blackberry Mint Julep

Blackberry Mint Julep is a delicious way to change up the classic summertime cocktail. Use a mint-infused simple syrup for extra flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: alcoholic, blackberry, drink, mint
Servings: 1 drink
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup mint leaves (chopped)
Cocktail
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 2 blackberries
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 cup 7Up

Instructions

Simple Syrup
  • Combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves in a small saucepan
  • Bring it to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the mint leaves from the syrup
  • Discard the mint leaves
  • Let the syrup cool completely
Cocktail
  • In a serving glass, carefully muddle the mint leaves and blackberries
  • Add the bourbon to the glass with 2 tbsp of the mint simple syrup
  • Stir until everything is combined
  • Add ice and top with 7Up
  • Garnish with extra mint leaves
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Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Mint Julep
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 3.5mg4%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 thoughts on “Blackberry Mint Julep: Refreshing Cocktail”

  1. Fran Jorgensen

    This is the perfect way to celebrate summer! I can imagine myself with friends sipping to this by the side of the pool! I can’t wait for our weather to start warming up!!

  2. I love mint even though I don’t use it much in cooking. I do love mint infused drinks and this sounds delicious.

  3. There is nothing more refreshing than fresh mint! This is the perfect drink to keep cool during my desert summers.

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