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.
Blackberry Mint Julep
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup mint leaves (chopped)
- 3 mint leaves
- 2 blackberries
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 cup 7Up
- 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
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