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Blackberry Mint Julep

Like the original, Martha Stewart’s take on the julep features bourbon infused with mint. But this drink’s signature sweetness is tempered by the tartness of blackberries, which also tint it a gorgeous shade of purple. Another twist: This cocktail is blended with — rather than served over — ice, creating a slushy texture.

Blackberry-Mint-Julep1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 pint blackberries
6 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
4 cups small ice cubes
4 sprigs mint, for garnishing

Roughly chop the mint leaves. Puree the mint, blackberries and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds. Rinse blender, then return puree to blender and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among four glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Martha Stewart. Find more of her Derby-themed recipes here

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