At the risk of jumping the gun, I have to tell you about these.

Blueberry Mint Juleps I

Every year as we approach May, I am tormented with choosing between two of my favorite adult beverages: margaritas and bourbon, well… anything. Why choose?

Let’s just have both. That’s what I say.

Though whoever thought it was a good idea to have the Kentucky Derby near Cinco de Mayo weekend clearly did not have a few nights in college where they combined tequila and bourbon.  

Or did they?

Blueberry Mint Juleps I

Oh first weekend in May, how I freaking love you. (Says the girl still hoarding cadbury mini eggs.)

It wasn’t always my thing, but if you’ve been reading along then you know that my husband has a major thing for the Kentucky Derby and horse races. And if you haven’t been reading along, then… my husband has a major thing for the Kentucky Derby and horse races. Now you know.

I’m pretty sure I recount my first mint julep experience every year around this time, how it was so strong that it stung my nose and my eyes but also was insanely delicious. And nearly knocked me out after a few sips. Are you allowed to put fruit in those things? Probably not. I most likely just committed a massive cocktail sin, but it should come as no surprise.

Blueberry Mint Juleps I

There is a secret to this drink: it’s the crushed ice. You have to try it with the crushed iced. It has forever changed my stance on juleps. And I don’t have a fancy fridge that crushes it’s own ice… I simply threw cubes in the blender. I also don’t have a fancy blender like a Vitamix (would rather buy shoes, always), but I do have a slightly high-powdered Ninja blender from Target that did the trick. I fear that I’ve started to look at mint juleps as mojitos: the flavors are endless. Yeah yeah, I know the true, plain mint julep just has the bourbon and the mint and the syrup (omgsogood) but what if… it had blueberries too?

I can’t even stand how delicious this was. I actually made it weeks ago then feared it was far too early to start talking about pretty horses and giant hats (mine would obviously be neon). It made for an excellent Monday cocktail, however.

And now it’s going to make for an excellent Friday cocktail. You in?

Blueberry Mint Juleps I


Blueberry Mint Juleps

Yield: makes 1 serving, is easily multiplied

Total Time: 10 minutes


2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce mint simple syrup
1 ounce mint blueberry puree
crushed ice
fresh mint leaves

mint simple syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 bunch of mint leaves

blueberry mint puree
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons mint simple syrup


Combine bourbon, mint simple syrup and mint blueberry puree together and shake or stir well. Pour over crushed iced and serve with extra mint leaves.

mint simple syrup
Combine sugar, mint and water together in a small saucepan and heat over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook for another minute or so, then set aside to cool completely. Remove mint before using. You can do this ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

blueberry mint puree
In a mini food processor or blender, combine blueberries and mint simple syrup until pureed.

Blueberry Mint Juleps I

Now the real question is… can I wait ’til noon?

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96 Responses to “Blueberry Mint Juleps.”

  1. #
    lisa — April 13, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    now I am thinking of having a Derby party with hats required and this drink.
    and am alos reminded of a Blue Betty White I had about a year ago which was a G7t with blueberries. I need to remember where I had that …..


    • blowtoad — May 22nd, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

      You had the Blue Betty White at Almond. It was crerated there by mixologist/ actress Eva Kriksciun.


  2. #
    ATasteOfMadness — April 14, 2013 @ 1:54 am

    Wow. This sounds like a killer combination! I’ve got to try this soon!


  3. #
    Kim Beaulieu — April 14, 2013 @ 2:14 am

    I want this right now. This just looks amazing.


  4. #
    Alyssa — April 14, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Those look amazing…must make for our KY Derby party!


  5. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — April 14, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I think any drink with berries in it is considered a breakfast drink, so why wait until noon? ;)


  6. #
    Wendy — April 14, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    Always happy to find an excuse to use the mint that grows like weeds (are they?) in my garden! This looks so refreshing and fruity!


  7. #
    angela @ another bite please — April 14, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    now this kind of julep i would love…the photo of the mint & blueberries is just so pretty.


  8. #
    Jen @ keepitsimplefoods — April 15, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Yum! I’ll take one of these please! :)


  9. #
    Katie @ Oh Shine On — April 15, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    I’m so making these tonight as a “test run” for Cinco de Mayo, which is still weeks away. Then I’ll proceed to make it again, you know… To really try and get the taste just right. Then I’ll decide I should really just build my tolerance and make it EVERY SINGLE NIGHT until Cinco de Mayo. Yup. Sounds good.


  10. #
    Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up — April 16, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    i LOVE this.. I have seen it all over pinterest and everytime I want one. Mint and blueberry are made for eachother. :-)


  11. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 17, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    The only julep I’ve had is a strawberry mint – so yeah this is just SO right to me :)


  12. #
    Misslikey — May 5, 2013 @ 4:16 am

    I absolutely adore your recipes. I am usually a food cynic meaning i am too picky, but these of yours are all so tempting. Cant wait to try all the booze.


  13. #
    pshinde2109 — July 9, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    This is very tempting drink. Photos are really awesome.I have Indian mint drink version on my blog,hope you will like it.



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