Hey, y’all! It’s Derby Season — and as we are entering the final stretch, I’m excited to share several recipes here on the blog for you to enjoy at your Kentucky Derby Party! To kick things off this week, I’m going to be sharing cocktails that will be perfect accompaniments to your 2021 Derby Experience. All are tried and true Kentucky drinks and are simply delicious! Today I’m sharing one that I think will be a real crowd pleaser: a Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita. If you love tequila, this is the Kentucky Derby drink for you!
Black Mint Julep Margarita: Kentucky Derby Party Cocktails
Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita
- 2.5 oz Tequila
- 2 oz Simple Syrup
- 1 oz Lime Juice freshly squeezed
- 7 Blackberries more for garnish
- 5 Mint Leaves more for garnish
- Crushed Ice
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries, simple syrup, and mint.
- Add tequila, freshly-squeezed lime juice, and crushed ice. Shake well.
- Fill a julep cup liberally with crushed ice.
- Strain chilled cocktail over ice, garnish with additional blackberries and fresh mint.
About The Traditional Mint Julep
My rendition of a Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita is, of course, a take on the classic Kentucky Mint Julep.
The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Old Forester Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice.
This is such a fun spin on a classic Kentucky cocktail — I know all at your Kentucky Derby Party will love this Blackberry Mint Julep Margarita!
Enjoy + cheers, y’all!
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