Berry Mint Julep Recipe

3 cups of berry mint juleps on a tray, with mint in the background.
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The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. When we had our Kentucky State dinner I wanted to mix things up just a little bit, so we created berry mint juleps. They were so good! The fruit takes away some of the bite of the bourbon, and makes these a very delicious drink!

3 berry mint juleps with berries and mint scattered around.

Variations of the Berry Mint Julep

For our Kentucky dinner we created separate mint juleps. We had a strawberry mint julep, raspberry mint julep, and a blackberry mint julep. But you could put all three fruits into one drink, and even add some blueberries!

Blackberries are the state fruit of Kentucky, so the blackberry mint julep is very popular! But our favorite was the strawberry mint julep. The strawberry flavor gave just the right amount of sweetness!

Close up photo of a bowl of berries, with a few mint leaves stuck in it.

What Kind of Mint Should I Use?

You can’t have a berry mint julep without the mint. The most common mint used is spearmint. This is the mint that you usually see at the grocery store, so it is readily available. Mint is also a great herb to plant in your garden, as it is very hardy! Just get ready, because it spreads and can take over a garden! Some gardeners recommend planting in a basket so that it doesn’t interfere with your other plants. But if you have a green thumb like me, it is nice to have at least one thing growing rapidly!

Close up of mint leaves.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different alcohol than bourbon?

While it wouldn’t be a mint julep without the bourbon, you can certainly use a different kind of alcohol. Using rum would turn this into a mojito. Vodka would work well with these ingredients also.

Can I make a virgin mint julep?

Replace the bourbon with ginger ale for a refreshing virgin julep.

How do I make simple syrup?

There is a reason it is called simple syrup. Because it is so simple! Put a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water into a small pan. (I usually do 1/2 cup of each.) Turn your heat to medium and bring the water to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, and cool. Simple syrup will keep in your refrigerator for 30 days.

Strawberry mint julep with a whisp of mint on side.

Berry Mint Julep

This refreshing cocktail is perfect for your Kentucky Derby party, or any time you want to relax.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 246 kcal


  • 1/4 cup berries
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Crushed ice


  • Place the berries, mint leaves, and simple syrup in a julep cup. Muddle until the fruit is broken up.
  • Fill the cup halfway with crushed ice.
  • Add the bourbon and stir until the glass becomes frosty.
  • Top with remaining ice and garnish.


Nutrition Facts
Berry Mint Julep
Amount per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword berries, bourbon, cocktail
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