Friday, September 21, 2012

Blackberry Mint Julep

1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup + 4 tablespoons bourbon
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves, plus whole sprigs for garnish
shaved or crushed ice
club soda, chilled

1. Mash together the blackberries, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl and let macerate at room temperature until juicy, about 20 minutes.  Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing against the solids with a rubber spatula to extract as much juice as possible.  Discard the seeds.
2. Put about 2 tablespoons of the blackberry liquid and 1 tablespoon of the bourbon into a silver mint julep cup.  
Add 8 mint leaves, and muddle together.
3. Add shaved ice until the cup is half full.  Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1 inch over the top of the cup.  Pour 1/4 cup bourbon over the ice.  Add a splash of club soda, and garnish with several mint sprigs and blackberries. 
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make 4 drinks.  
Serve & Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. this looks divine! i've never tried a mint julep but i just might have to now!