Blueberry Mint Julep

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Duyen Tran

California native trying to navigate her new life in NYC as a recent transplant, post-grad, who tries to make friends, explore the city and eat well on a small budget. She’s known for her fairly obscure pop culture references and gumption. You can see some of that or her twitter @doogencreates.

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To be completely honest, I’ve never been big on having a drink after work. I don’t know how I missed that boat, because it’s a great boat to be on sometimes.

So this week I tried to make a Blueberry Mint Julep a la How Sweet It Is.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although mine was delicious, my drink ended up looking more black than blue. If you want to look at how pretty it can be, you should refer to the link above.

Mine? Not so pretty, but it did the trick!


Here’s what you need:


  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce mint simple syrup
  • 1 ounce mint blueberry puree
  • crushed ice
  • fresh mint leaves

You can prep the next two steps if you’re having people over. Since this makes about one serving, just multiply by how many drinks you anticipate having.

Mint simple syrup

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves

Combine sugar, mint and water together in a small saucepan and heat over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook for another minute or so, then set aside to cool completely. Remove mint before using. You can do this ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

Blueberry mint puree

  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons mint simple syrup

In your Magic Bullet, combine blueberries and mint simple syrup until pureed.


Combine bourbon, mint simple syrup and mint blueberry puree together and shake or stir well. Pour over crushed iced and serve with extra mint leaves.



This is what How Sweet Eats‘ turned out. Obviously, her recipe rocks.

All credit for the picture below goes to How Sweet It Is.