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Blackberry-Mint Julep

Like the original, our 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: Our cocktail is blended with -- rather than served over -- ice, creating a slushy texture.

  • Servings: 4
Blackberry-Mint Julep

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2006


  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 4 cups small ice cubes
  • 4 sprigs mint, for garnishing


  1. Roughly chop mint leaves.

  2. Puree the mint, blackberries, and sugar in a blender. Press through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds.

  3. Rinse blender, then return puree to blender, and add bourbon and small ice cubes; blend until smooth. Divide mixture among 4 glasses. Garnish each with a mint sprig.

Reviews (2)

  • cburns61 24 Aug, 2010

    I would love to have this drink, but as a Shirley Temple, without the bourbon, what should I substitute instead of bourbon?

  • emilysophie 9 Jul, 2010

    This is outrageously delicious and SO gorgeous, but I had to add some soda water because it was way to thick to drink, not sure why I followed the recipe to a t.

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