Fresh Blueberry Ice Cubes for Mint Juleps

The Black Cat Kitchen
by The Black Cat Kitchen
4 cocktails
3 hr 10 min

Who is ready for that 30 second race? You know the one! The Kentucky Derby is coming right up. The cocktail of choice has to be the mint julep. If you have not made one before, it is so refreshing! I can see why it became the drink of the Derby on hot spring days in Kentucky. My mint is already growing like crazy in the garden, and my violas are still looking so pretty atop drinks and desserts, so why not? Find the recipe below for a standard mint julep. I add a twist of making a mint simple syrup. It is very easy and I promise it does not taste like toothpaste. Here is the game-changer: Blueberry ice cubes! So easy, and so fun and different. Wow your friends and families with this standout cocktail.

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Fresh Blueberry Ice Cubes for Mint Juleps
Recipe details
  • 4  cocktails
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 3 Hours Total time: 3 hr 10 min
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Blueberry Ice Cubes
  • 1 1/2 C blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • juice of 1 small lemon
Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C fresh mint leaves, torn from stems
Mint Juleps
  • 8 oz bourbon whiskey, divided by 4 glasses
  • 3 blueberry ice cubes per glass
  • 1 Tbsp mint simple syrup (more/less for taste) (see recipe)
  • fresh mint leaves for each glass (muddle first)
Blueberry Ice Cubes
Blend all ingredients
Pour in ice cube tray
Freeze 3 hours or overnight
Mint Simple Syrup
Combine all in saucepan and bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute
Remove from heat and let steep 30 minutes
Remove mint leaves
Mint Julep
Muddle mint leaves slightly.
Pour about 2 oz bourbon in each cup
Mix in simple syrup to each glass
Add blueberry ice cubes
Decorate glass with more fresh mint and/or violas if desired
  • Gently muddle mint. Do not break apart the leaves roughly
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