While I did not win the trip to Chile, all finalists did receive a bag full of Chilean goodies. One of those items – 100% Pure Blueberry Juice from Tamaya Gourmet. After a quick search online for ideas on a cocktail to try with blueberries or blueberry juice, I decided on doing my own version of a mint julep. While it is a bit strong for my tastes, I present to you this week’s Saturday Swig – a blueberry mint julep!
Blueberry Mint Julep
Agave Nectar (to taste)
Ice for the shaking
As always, the measurements and the Bourbon used are too taste.
For two drinks, I ended up using a lot of the blueberry juice (see photo below) and adding agave because the bourbon was overpowering. A different and more subtle brand might work better for something like this. Also, I think that using blueberry puree might have been a better choice to emphasize the blueberry in the drink.
I’m not a whiskey drinker YET. I think my problem might be my tendency to want to smell everything as I’m drinking. Once the scent hits my nostrils, the intensity overwhelms me. I once attended a Bourbon tasting and only got through a tiny sip of less than a handful. There were more than a handful to try, of course. I’m slowly trying to acquaint my taste buds with the flavor. Since the tasting, I’ve ordered an occasional bourbon-based cocktail now and again. On Friday, Ryan’s coworkers did an Old Fashioned night, which I willingly participated in. It may one day grow on me… or not. It’s hard to say. Your tastebuds change over time anyway.
No complaints from my two taste testers who like strong drinks like this though!