Blackberry Mint Julep

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I won’t lie, the only reason I really wanted to make juleps was for the gorgeous julep cups. My boyfriend Dylan bought me these cups for graduation so naturally I made him be my guinea pig to try out this new cocktail- he also doubled as a good blog post model, as did Bonnie (his adorable golden)! After studying a few different recipes and trying out a couple I threw together my version of a mint julep. Needless to say, this isn’t your traditional julep because the flavors aren’t as intense due to the club soda, but that’s my what I prefer in a drink. I love my herbs- being the mint- and fruit forward flavors are always refreshing so that’s what I aimed for. The blackberries add an This recipe makes 1 blackberry mint julep!

Ingredients
-2 oz. bourbon or gin
-1 oz. mint simple syrup
-8 mint leaves
-5 blackberries
-3 oz. club soda
-1 spring of mint & 1 blackberry: garnish (optional)

Ingredients (mint simple syrup)
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 water
-6 springs of mint leaves

Directions
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and 8 mint sprigs and bring to a boil. As the mixture simmers turn the leaves in the sugar water with a rubber spatula to better infuse the flavors. Once all the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and set pan aside. Meanwhile add 5 blackberries and 8 mint leaves to a mint julep cup and muddle them well. Then add 2 ounces of bourbon or gin (whichever you prefer), and top with crushed ice. Lastly, add a splash of club soda and use a cocktail stirring spoon to bring all the flavors together. Relax and enjoy!