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May 4, 2016

Blueberry Mint Juleps

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Mint leaves are muddled with sugar, then hot water is poured atop them. Blueberry puree is added next with lemon juice and bourbon. Add ice to the cocktail shaker, and shake the drink until it’s chilled and delicious. Serve in a highball glass (or any other glass of your choosing) with a sprig of mint as garnish!

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

I realize that it’s only Wednesday, but I want to kick this day off with a bang. A fruit-filled boozy bang.

The first weekend of May has always been special to me because it means one thing: The Run for the Roses.

As a kid, I was obsessed with horse racing. I manually recorded races onto video tapes and listened to the commentators as they analyzed races. I was convinced that I would own a racehorse one day. And my racehorse, obviously, would be the one who broke the Triple Crown drought.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

Y’all will be pleased to know that I’ve cooled my jets as an adult.

The Triple Crown drought was broken last year. You know, the one year I didn’t pay attention because we had a newborn. So Lady Baby? If you become a horse racing fan like your mama and ask her where she was when American Pharoah won the Belmont? She will tell you — lovingly, of course — that she was at home, not watching, because she was taking care of you and/or napping while you were napping. Because you took lots of naps back then.

I’m back on the horse racing bandwagon this year. And while I still look forward to this year’s Triple Crown, I’m more excited about making the traditional cocktails that accompany each race.

Did y’all know that the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont all have their own signature drinks?

The Mint Julep, the Black Eyed Susan and the Belmont Breeze, respectively.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

Today, I’m taking a drink that is tasty… and putting a little spin on it.

The driving force behind this cocktail is my love for blueberries.

Mint Juleps are really strong, and the first one I ever imbibed was overwhelming. Yes, it was utterly delicious, but I knew if I drank it too fast, I wouldn’t remember the Derby, let alone my name.

So when making this here adaptation, I made the executive choice to make it a bit lighter. After all, it’s got a lot going on, and the blueberries and mint don’t need to drown in bourbon.

Yeah, I realize some might disagree.

But for those of y’all who like a little fruit with your beverages? And for those of y’all who can’t drink an entire Mint Julep because it would knock you on your butt?

This one’s for you!

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

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Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

All right!

Who’s ready for one of these beauties?

Here’s how you can mix up a batch of your own:

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.
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Blueberry Mint Juleps

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 oz . hot water
  • 3 oz . blueberry puree
  • 1/2 oz . lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 oz . bourbon

Instructions

Make the blueberry puree

  1. In the base of a blender, blend 1 cup of fresh blueberries until completely pulverized.
  2. Pour the blueberry puree into a mason jar for storage, and chill until time to make the drinks.

Make the Juleps

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves into the caster sugar.
  2. Pour in the hot water, swirling the mint leaves and sugar in it until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Measure in the blueberry puree, lemon juice and bourbon.
  4. Add the ice, shaking the cocktail in the shaker until everything is chilled and combined.
  5. Serve in a favorite glass over ice, and enjoy immediately with a garnish of mint leaves and fresh blueberries.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you're making juleps for a crowd. To make this a faster process, make the larger blueberry puree and mint syrup in advance. Blend additional blueberries in the blender for the puree, and instead of individually mixing the water with sugar and mint leaves in the cocktail shaker, do this in a saucepan on the stovetop. Heat the water until it's simmering, then add the mint leaves and sugar. Stir for a few minutes, then chill the mint syrup until it's time to mix the drinks. Make the juleps in batches as large as your cocktail shaker can hold.

Celebrate Kentucky Derby Week by whipping up homemade Blueberry Mint Juleps, a twist on the Churchill Downs traditional cocktail! Blueberry puree mixes with mint, sugar, hot water, a little lemon juice and bourbon to create this colorful summer drink.

Will you be watching the Derby this weekend?

Have you ever drank a traditional Mint Julep?

25 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Ugh I wish I could have one of these right now! I love blueberry anything, but especially in a mixed drink. Saving this one for when I’m not pregnant!

    • Erin

      Oh man, Jenna! Save this for post-pregnancy because this is definitely something that’ll make for a lovely nightcap after the sweet baby goes down for the night!

  2. Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    I’ve never had a mint julep, but I think I like your version better. It sounds so refreshing. And I LOVE those glasses!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Abby! This version is SO refreshing, and it’s nowhere near as in-your-face as a traditional julep. Also? Here are the glasses. (<-- affiliate link)

  3. Laura Jean Gilleland

    These look amazing!!! They would make a very refreshing summer drink! And the glasses are so awesome!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Laura Jean! This really IS such a refreshing summer drink, and those glasses give me heart eyes. Here are the glasses. (< -- affiliate link)

  4. Cristina @ I Say Nomato

    Ummmm soooo I’m going to need a set of those glasses. Gorgeous! they just show off that gorgeous colour of the blueberry so well! Blueberry and mint is a combo I’ve never tried, it certainly sounds interesting (and yummy!)

    • Erin

      Oh, girl. If you want the glasses, you can have the glasses. (< -- affiliate link)I love the combination of mint and blueberry, so I hope you adore it, too, if you give this drink a shot! It's one of my recent favorites, and it's so refreshing for the warm summer months!

  5. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    Girl, you know the way to my heart! Love this twist on the julep and the glasses. (All hearts-eyes over here!)

    • Erin

      Thank you, Lecy! I love me a good twist on a Julep AND pretty barware. Seriously. Some of my favorite stuff.

  6. Elise

    These sound so delicious and refreshing! – The glasses are pretty fabulous as well.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Elise! They are delicious and refreshing, and those glasses are some of my favorites!

  7. Lorena

    They look absolutely gorgeous. The vibrant color is screaming: DRINK ME!!!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Lorena! They really do scream that, huh?

  8. Anna Wright

    This recipe came out perfect!! So delicious!! Thanks so much :):) I’ve been wanting a damn good recipe for a very long time and these are wonderful! I am so excited about them .Can’t wait to make them again!

    • Erin

      HOORAY! I’m so happy to hear this turned out well for you, Anna! Can’t wait for you to make them again, too. 😀

  9. Erren

    These would be perfect for the upcoming hot weather! They look so refreshing!

    • Erin

      Yes, this totally will be! It’s super refreshing and a wonderful thing to enjoy on a hot day.

  10. Krista

    These look so good! I will be having a few of these this Summer!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Krista! I hope you enjoy these as the temperatures heat up!

  11. Jenni

    These are gorgeous!! Love those glasses too! Awesome!

  12. Laura at I Heart Naptime

    This looks so delicious! And I, for one, like to know my name and indulge in more than one cocktail in one night. 😀

    So looking forward to trying this!

  13. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny

    Definitely need to have a Kentucky Derby party this year… and these by the bucket!

  14. carrie @ frugal foodie mama

    What a delicious twist on a classic mint julep! 🙂 Love the addition of blueberries.

  15. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie

    I love mint and I love blueberries…what a great comobo!

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