Cherry Mint Julep
This nicely blended cherry infused mint julep! So delicious!
Servings 2 cocktails
- 20 mint leaves (divided, 10 per cocktail)
- 1 ounce simple syrup (divided, .50 ounce per cocktail)
- 10 cup cherries (washed and pitted)
- 1 ½ cups ice (approximately)
- 4 ounces bourbon
- 6 mint leaves (divided, 3 per cocktail)
- 6 cherries (divided, 3 per cocktail)
Place mint and simple syrup in each mint julep cup. Muddle until you can smell the mint. (Approximately 1 - 2 minutes)
Place the cherries and ice in a blender and blend until crushed but not like snow consistancy
Fill the cups ¾ with cherry slush
Measure bourbon and pour over the ice
Add more slush and place cherry halves on top along with mint leaves
Tips on making this mint julep:
- I considered muddling the cherries with the mint and simple syrup but I wanted to take this cocktail to another level so I decided to blend them with the ice. You can choose what you'd like to do, but blending is fun!
- Use the best bourbon you can afford. Since bourbon is the main ingredient and you are not adding a fruit juice, you will be able to taste the difference. The better the bourbon, the smoother the cocktail. Lower quality bourbon will be more harsh.
- Use fresh mint. You can find it in little plastic containers in the produce section. Or if you're lucky, in your backyard garden.
- Make your own simple syrup. It is super easy and more cost effective. Here's how: place 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan over medium heat until the sugar melts. Then let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and store in an air tight bottle. Simple sugar can last for months in your liquor cabinet.
- If you don't have a muddler, you can use the back of a long wooden spoon.
Serving: 1Cocktail | Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 127g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 1642mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 102g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 54.1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 3.7mg