What’s dinner without a cocktail? Right!? Probably just a regular evening meal… But when you have unexpected company, drinks are always in order. Lately, there are a couple of things Shan and I can’t get enough of – bourbon, and experimenting with cocktails. With an overgrown mint plant, blueberries, and bourbon on hand, we decided to mix up a variation on the classic Mint Julep. If you feel like some bourbon cocktails can be a little too strong, this julep is a great way to get started. Strong, but refreshing, with a subtle sweetness and hint of blueberry.
- 4 tbsp blueberry
- 8 mint leaves
- 4 ounces bourbon
- 1.5 ounce simple syrup
- In a cocktail shaker, add blueberry, mashing blueberries using a muddling stick until it become a chunky puree.
- Add mint leaves, bourbon, and syrup, gently muddling.
- Add ice, and shake about 5 seconds, until cocktail shaker becomes cooled.
- Pour over crushed ice and garnish with blueberry and mint leaves.
Simple, refreshing, and perfect for a summer evening with friends!