Slowly we get out of the winter blues. As anyone who knows me is aware of, it is just not my season. I’m not into winter sports and therefore all I do is loathe the weather. Give me 20°C and sunshine or I will be reluctant to get outside.
Luckily we have finally reached the time where temperatures peak over 10°C, which is my personal “drive the convertible top down” threshold , and the mood starts to rise with it. With the warmer weather also come the desires for more summery things, one of them fruity cocktails and garden parties. While the latter still has to wait some more, we are ready to bring out the drinks!
Join is to make some blueberry flavored simple syrup from scratch to then mix up a Blueberry Mint Julep, it is really easy and done quickly.
The syrup holds quite a while when refrigerated so you can already prepare it a few days in advance if you plan to surprise your guests with a refreshing cocktail. Of course you could also substitute blueberries for other berries but they go really well with this julep.
Blueberry Mint JulepPrint This
- 300g fresh blueberries
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1.5 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 9cl bourbon
- 5cl blueberry syrup
- 2cl simple syrup
- 5 mint leaves
- Boil the water and mix in the sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar completely dissolved.
- Add the lemon zest and blueberries to the boiling liquid
- Let boil for roughly 5 minutes so the blueberries burst and their juice comes out
- Strain the liquid through a colander but refrain from pressing on the blueberries
- Collect the liquid in a sealable container and set it aside to cool
Blueberry Mint Julep
- Add bourbon and blueberry syrup into a shaker
- Depending on how sweet your syrup turned out (depends on the berries and the exact amount of sugar you used) you can add some more simple syrup to fine tune the cocktail’s sweetness
- Add fresh mint leaves
- Add ice and shake well
- Fill a tumbler with crushed ice
- Strain the cocktail into the tumbler and decorate with a mint sprig
The syrup can be refrigerated for quite a while so you can prepare it in advance or keep it for future cocktails.