The Spicy Blueberry Mint Julep

The Spicy Blueberry Mint Julep

Ah, the Mint Julep - a quintessential Southern delight that conjures images of wide-brimmed hats, horse races, and the gentle clink of ice in frosted glasses. But what if we gave this classic a fiery twist? Enter the Spicy Mint Julep, featuring Atlanta Burns' Summertime Blues hot sauce, a unique blend of blueberry, ghost pepper, and a hint of Southern charm.


- 2 1/2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 4-6 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
- Crushed ice
- A few drops (to taste) of Atlanta Burns' Summertime Blues hot sauce
- Optional: fresh blueberries for garnish


1. Muddle the Mint: Start by gently muddling the mint leaves with the simple syrup in a chilled julep cup. The key is to lightly bruise the mint to release its oils, not to shred it.

2. Add the Heat: Stir in a few drops of the Summertime Blues hot sauce. This is where the magic happens – the hot sauce brings a subtle heat that complements the mint's freshness.

3. Bourbon Time: Pour in the bourbon. Choose a good quality bourbon that you enjoy, as it's the backbone of this drink.

4. Ice, Ice, Baby: Pack your cup with crushed ice. It's essential for a proper mint julep to be served ice-cold.

5. Mix: Stir the mixture gently until the cup is frosted on the outside.

6. Garnish and Serve: Garnish with a sprig of mint (give it a gentle slap before adding it to release more aroma) and a few fresh blueberries if you're feeling extra.

Tasting Notes:

As you take the first sip, the classic sweetness and oakiness of the bourbon greet you, followed by the refreshing mint. Then comes the delightful surprise - the heat from the Summertime Blues sauce, adding a layer of complexity that's intriguing yet balanced. The sauce's blueberry notes tie it all together, making each sip a journey through flavors and sensations.

Pairing Suggestions:

This Spicy Mint Julep pairs wonderfully with Southern appetizers like pimento cheese dip or savory barbecue sliders. The heat of the drink complements smoky and rich flavors, making it a great choice for outdoor gatherings or a relaxing evening on the porch.

Closing Thoughts:

By adding a dash of Atlanta Burns' Summertime Blues, we've taken the Mint Julep from classic to sensational. It's a testament to how a little creativity and the right ingredients can transform traditional recipes into modern masterpieces. So, next time you're in the mood for something uniquely Southern with a fiery twist, give this Spicy Mint Julep a try. Your taste buds will thank you!
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