Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Blackberry Mint Juleps

I have been outside a lot lately because I got my car replacement- ahem- bike.

What I like most about having a bike are the smells. Not the exhaust spiked with dirt pieces semi-trucks kick up as they pass you. That is not so nice. But simply how the air smells here, like fragrant lilacs, honeysuckle and blackberry bushes.

The rising temperatures and the air's heady perfume make you want to sit outside and drink a

Fresh blackberries are muddled with mint and sugar. Then comes bourbon.

Shake and strain over ice.

For some reason, I think this picture is very romantic.

I added a splash of seltzer for the bubble-factor. Traditional juleps do not use this ingredient.

This drink tastes like the air here- warm, slightly sweet, and scented with berries.

Blackberry Mint Julep
(inspired by Food/Wine Magazine)
makes 1
2 oz bourbon
3 mint leaves (plus more for garnish)
small handful of fresh blackberries (about 1/4 c)
1 tablespoon sugar
seltzer water (optional)
cocktail shaker/strainer

1. In shaker, muddle mint, berries and sugar
2. Add bourbon and ice
3. Shake until well incorporated
4. Fill a rocks glass with ice
5. Strain mixture into rocks glass
6. Add seltzer water to taste (if desired)
7. Garnish with mint leaves and a blackberry

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