Drink recipe: Blackberry-bourbon julep
- 1-1⁄4 cups fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish
- 1⁄4 cup superfine sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plus 4 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 big bunch of fresh mint leaves, plus whole sprigs for garnish
- Shaved or crushed ice
- Club soda, chilled
1 Mash together the blackberries, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl and let macerate 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 to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the seeds.
2 Put about 2 tablespoons of the blackberry liquid and 1 tablespoon of the bourbon into a silver mint julep cup, add 8 mint leaves, and muddle together.
3 Add shaved ice until the cup is half full. Insert a sprig of mint and then pack in more ice to about 1 inch over the top of the cup. Pour 1⁄4 cup of the bourbon over the ice, add a splash of club soda, and garnish with several big sprigs of mint. Garnish with whole blackberries, if desired.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 three times to make 4 drinks. Serve immediately.
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Excerpted from Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook by Bobby Flay with Stephanie Banyas and Sally Jackson Copyright © 2011 by Boy Meets Grill, Inc. Photographs Copyright © 2011 by Ben Fink. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved.