We have so many raspberries in our garden this year that we thought we’d consume a handful or two in a little cocktail we whopped up. I mean whipped up. They’re dangerously good,

This is a Raspberry Mint Julep. Mint Juleps are associated with the South and considered “the cocktail” at the Kentucky Derby. But they aren’t just good at horse races. Make this fabulous cocktail this summer. Wear a big hat and enjoy how refreshing it is.

Makes one cocktail


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 tsp raspberry simple syrup
  • 5 muddled raspberries, plus more for garnish
  • 4-5 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 C crushed ice

In a shaker, add bourbon, chambord, lime juice, simple syrup, 5-6 muddled fresh raspberries and a few mint leaves. Shake vigorously.  Pour through strainer onto crushed ice in tumbler or tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a few raspberries.

To make Simple Syrup: Stir a 1 cup water to 1 cup sugar. Add in 1/2 cup fresh raspberries. Heat mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for approximately 5 minutes. Pour through a strainer and let cool until ready to use. Should last in your fridge in a glass jar with lid for up to two weeks.