There’s nothing quite like the taste of a black raspberry-laced Mint Julep on a blistery, hot end-of-summer day.
Or Margarita, depending upon your preference. But when mixing your own, for your own backyard BBQ, there’s always that issue about the simple-syrup or cordial. I’ve never liked the idea of adding those grocery-store mixers, laden with corn syrup, sugar or other sweeteners. This summer at the lake we experimented with using the Raspberry-flavored Ginger Bug Soda as the “mixer.”
Wow. And with fresh black raspberries popping every day, it was hard to resist.
This was the perfect blend — combined with the supply of fresh mint we found growing along the edge of the lake.
After playing around, quite a bit, here’s the recipe we used.
Raspberry Flavored Mint Julep
- 1/2 – 1 Part Raspberry Ginger Bug Soda
- 1/2 part Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 Bourbon
- 14 Fresh Mint Leaves
- 5 Fresh Raspberries
Muddle mint leaves, fresh raspberries with Ginger Bug, and pour over ice.