It’s time for the Run for the Roses! Serve this Roasted Blackberry Mint Julep at your Derby party and it’ll be a hit for sure.
Bourbon and the Kentucky Derby are the two things that set Kentucky apart, which is why I was very excited to partner with Thorntons on this post!
We’re just a little over a week out from the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.
Being that I live a short drive away from where the event is held, I think it’s safe to say that I’m a little bit excited about all of the festivities.
Today I’m sharing my Roasted Blackberry Mint Julep recipe and some exciting news for bourbon lovers to celebrate!
I adore blackberry and bourbon together, so it was natural for me to pair the two flavors in this cocktail.
Classic Mint Juleps can be a little strong if you’re not a bourbon drinker, so adding the roasted blackberry makes this version slightly sweeter and easier on the palate.
- Roasted Blackberry Mint Julep
- Author: My Modern Cookery
- Prep time: 5 mins
- Cook time: 15 mins
- Total time: 20 mins
- Serves: 1 Mint Julep
- Thorntons nugget ice or crushed ice
- 1/4 cup blackberries, plus additional for garnish
- 2 tablespoons mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
- Preheat oven to 400º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Rinse blackberries and roast for 10-15 minutes until they start to break down and lose some of their juices. Remove and set aside.
- Fill a rocks glass halfway with nugget ice or crushed ice. In a shaker, combine the roasted blackberries, mint leaves, sugar, bourbon and 1/3 cup of ice cubes and shake well. Strain the drink into the glass through a coarse sieve, pressing on the solids.
- Garnish with the blackberry and mint sprig.
Obviously, you can increase the number of blackberries you roast if you'll be making more than one cocktail. No need to adjust the cooking time.