Saturday Swig #23 – Blueberry Mint Julep

Thirsty Suki

Saturday SwigWhile 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!

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Peppermint, muddled
Bourbon
Blueberry Juice
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.

Blueberry Mint Julep

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!

  • ewiley

    Yum! I don’t like imitation blueberry flavoring, but fresh juice sounds delicious. I did a whiskey tasting a while ago, and while the drink isn’t my favorite, the experience gave me a better appreciation for it.

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Fresh blueberry tastes so different from the artificial stuff! I really do think whiskey is an acquired taste. Still in acquisition mode! :p

  • http://www.everintransit.com/ Cassie

    Yum! We just put some soda stream seltzer water in ours and had it with breakfast, I’m also rarely a fan of whiskey, but this looks quite good!

    • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

      Ooh, good idea! I should do that with the rest. :-)

  • thinker

    Yum, this sounds excellent. Sounds like a great bourbon cocktail! Will have to try this.