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Your Next Drink: Blackberry Julep

BY DI STAFF | MAY 08, 2014 5:00 AM

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Blackberry Julep

Primary Alcohol: Jim Beam Kentucky Whiskey

My experience with this Kentucky Derby favorite came from the Share in the Pedestrian Mall. Although this came after the event, the hot temperatures finally arriving in Iowa means this drink can be enjoyed as intended.

Taste: The first sip was very exciting as the bourbon really stood out, only slightly tainted by the juices and syrups. As the ice melted, the cocktail quickly took on the taste of a light and fruity beverage, lacking the punch of the legendary Mint Julep. The blackberry stood out as the primary flavor enhancer with a hint of mint in the back seat.

Appearance: A stark contrast between the deep purple that rests on the bottom and the pale mixture of simple syrup and bourbon, the julep is textured by a hearty scoop of ice. Garnished with a floating mint leaf and a lime wedge.

Advice: Mix the drink early so you can enjoy the sweetener for the bourbon; otherwise, you face a strong first few sips with a weak follow-through. The ideal environment for consumption is on a patio at sunset, with a fancy hat and sunglasses to complete the atmosphere.

— by Ben Verhille


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