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Plant City Observer Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014 4 years ago

Blueberry Mint Julep

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by: Amber Jurgensen Managing Editor

Local artist Debra Bryant brings a taste of Kentucky with a Florida blueberry spin with her blueberry mint julep. She loves to serve it for “Run for the Roses.”

INGREDIENTS

1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 large bunch mint

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Crushed ice

1 cup bourbon

Seltzer, chilled

METHOD

• In a small bowl, mash together the blueberries, sugar and vanilla and let sit at room temperature until juicy, about 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing against the solids with a rubber spatula; discard the pulp.

• For each drink, place about 3 tablespoons of the blueberry syrup and 8 mint leaves into a cocktail glass and muddle together using the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill with crushed ice, 1/4 cup bourbon and a splash of seltzer. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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