We've doubled down on the derby day classic julep by using a home infused bourbon and adding fresh berries for a tangy kick. The unique combination of sweet bourbon and strong tea flavors create a drink that will keep you racing back for refills.
Lightly muddle the blackberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup or rocks glass.
Next add crushed ice and bourbon to cup.
Stir with bar spoon until some of the ice begins to melt and all ingredients are combined.
Finish with more crushed ice on top, garnish with a blackberry + mint sprig.
To infuse the bourbon place 1/4 cup of loose earl grey tea into the bottom of a French press, pour in 8oz of bourbon and allow to sit for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Use French press to strain out the loose tea, and pour the bourbon into an airtight container for storage.
While Mint Juleps will always have a strong association with Derby Day, it's perfectly acceptable to enjoy them throughout the year. Mint was first added to alcohol in London around 1800; the idea eventually found its way to the American south where it was added to bourbon, the rest was history. This simple cocktail with fresh mint over crushed ice creates a drink guaranteed to refresh.
Remember that pretty cool person you met that didn't like root beer floats? Yeah, me neither. Adding some quality bourbon into this classic dessert instantly turns this into a boozy treat anyone would enjoy.