Blueberry Mint Julep

The classic Southern cocktail blended with blueberries for a tasty twist, this Blueberry Mint Julep is a must have at any Kentucky Derby celebration or your next Sunday Brunch! Blueberries, mint and bourbon with a touch of vanilla make these libations the hit of any party.

Blueberry Mint Julep | #BrunchWeek

There’s a ton going on this weekend with the Kentucky Derby and Mother’s Day all packed into one brunch worthy weekend.  And it’s one more year that I won’t be scratching the derby off my bucket list.  I’m dying to go one year to experience the festivities somewhere other than my living room sofa.  I’ve always been a big horse fan…..and a big hat fan….so this is my kind of gig.  Plus, you can eat Pimento Cheese and drink Mint Juleps all day long.  Not too shabby if you ask me!

Blueberry Mint Julep | #BrunchWeek


But instead, I’ll be somewhere north of the Mason Dixon line sipping these Blueberry Mint Juleps and noshing on a slice of Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake wearing a giant hat while cheering on the horses.  That’s my Mother’s Day gift to myself. 🙂  This Blueberry Mint Julep recipe is so easy to make and has just a little hint of vanilla to make them absolutely stellar.  Like a liquid blueberry pie with a bit of bourbon.  Ok, a lot of bourbon but it’s Derby weekend and mom needs a cocktail.

Blueberry Mint Julep | #BrunchWeek

Blueberry Mint Juleps are absolutely stunning too and a tray of them will be right at home next to any of these tasty treats from my blogger friends.  They’re really hitting it out of the park this year with their super scrumptious recipes and if you become overwhelmed by all the choices just bust out your blender.  Whip up a Blueberry Mint Julep and revisit them all again.  


Blueberry Mint Julep #BrunchWeek

A fun spin on the classic mint julep, this Blueberry Mint Julep is simple, fruity and refreshing.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Southern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 186 kcal


  • 2 cups blueberries plus more for garnish
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • 8 mint leaves plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups crushed ice


  • Place 1 cup blueberries, simple syrup, bourbon and vanilla in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Divide the remaining blueberries between 4 julep cups and top each with two mint leaves.
  • Using a muddler, mash the blueberries and mint.
  • Add crushed ice to each cup. Divide the blueberry puree between the four julep cups and stir. Garnish with mint and blueberries. Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 7.8mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.3mg
Keyword mint julep
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9 comments on “Blueberry Mint Julep”

  1. I’d love to go in real life myself, but this year we’ll be at a wedding. These look like the perfect way to watch the race at home in style!

  2. I agree, this is perfect for brunch or the Kentucky Derby! It looks so refreshing!

  3. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a mint julep! I’m loving the fresh blueberries and the vanilla added in. Nielsen-Massey has great extracts. Looks like I’ll be making cocktails this weekend!

  4. These flavors sound amazing! Wish I had one right now!

  5. What a fabulous summer drink! I love the blueberries in this…lovely! xo, Catherine

  6. I just love the color of this cocktail! Gorgeous photos.

  7. Love the addition of blueberries to this classic.

  8. I’m from Kentucky and have never had a mint julep. Now, I want to make this one today for the race!

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