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Cherry Mint Julep

This nicely blended cherry infused mint julep! So delicious!
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Cocktails
Keyword bourbon cocktail, cherry mint julep, mint julep
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Garnish

  • 6 mint leaves (divided, 3 per cocktail)
  • 6 cherries (divided, 3 per cocktail)

Instructions

  • 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
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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