Mint Julep Milkshakes

Mint Julep Milkshakes (via abeautifulmess.com) Mint Julep Milkshakes (via abeautifulmess.com) I’ve always thought mint juleps were a bit odd. I mean, I’m not sure who originally thought that mint and bourbon would go well together, but they were right! Apart they just seem like a slightly odd combination to me. Mint is, well, minty and herby. While bourbon can be spicy (nutmeg, cinnamon –not necessarily heat), sweet like caramel, or even a little smoky depending on the bourbon. So it’s just a combo that I probably wouldn’t have thought of.

Mint Julep Milkshakes (via abeautifulmess.com) But when paired together in a mint julep, the flavors just work and turn into a super refreshing drink. I actually had a rum julep last weekend at The Golden Girl Rum Club (Don’t worry – I’ll share a tour of our new space with you soon!), and it reminded me how much I love this drink.

So that was the inspiration behind this boozy milkshake version. This is like a mint julep meets after dinner mint plus ice cream. Mmmm!

Mint julep milkshake recipe Mint Julep Milkshakes, makes one

2-3 scoops of mint (or mint chocolate) ice cream
1/3 cup ice
3/4 to 1 oz. bourbon
1 scoop vanilla ice cream
mint leaves and powdered sugar for garnish

In a blender combine the mint ice cream, ice, and bourbon. Blend into a slushy consistency. Pour into a tall glass and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with a big sprig of mint, sprinkled in powdered sugar.

You can easily double or triple this recipe if you want to make more than one serving at a time for a group. You can just blend it all together and then separate out into glasses.

Mint julep milkshake recipeThis is fairly light on the alcohol content. You see that I mention using 3/4 to 1 oz of bourbon per serving. I used the smaller cup on a jigger to measure the bourbon, which is 3/4 oz. But I let it overflow a little on each pour (here I made three servings at once), so it may have been more like 1 oz. In some recipes you want to be really precise with measurements, but for this it is not necessary. You could even use a little more bourbon, like 1 1/2 oz, if you preferred. Make one, taste it, and see what you think.

I also really liked the combination of a slushy milkshake bottom (with ice incorporated into the ice cream) and then a scoop of vanilla on top. It’s pretty, and it almost turns this into a kind of milkshake float. Whoa.

Mint Julep Milkshakes (via abeautifulmess.com) If you like mint juleps, you should totally try this dessert version this weekend! xo. Emma

Mint Julep Milkshakes

Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2-3 scoops of mint or mint chocolate ice cream
  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 3/4 to 1 oz. bourbon
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • mint leaves and powdered sugar for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender combine the mint ice cream, ice, and bourbon. Blend into a slushy consistency. Pour into a tall glass and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Garnish with a big sprig of mint, sprinkled in powdered sugar.
  2. You can easily double or triple this recipe if you want to make more than one serving at a time for a group. You can just blend it all together and then separate out into glasses.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. In case you are curious, the waffle cone serving glasses are from Bormioli Rocco. 

  • This sounds so good! I love bourbon and I love ice cream!

    Laura
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  • These milkshakes look amazing!

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  • I can’t believe this is a thing and it’s green and it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m about get all of my housemates trashed on mint julep milkshakes so thank you <333
    xx
    Ella
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  • Mint Juleps on St Patrick’s Day sounds like a perfect plan! Thanks!

  • These made me think of you and your new bar, Em.
    (boy! that was awfully familiar of me. Dunno if you prefer Emma)

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  • Oh my goodness these look absolutely amazing!

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

  • Welp, now I have to go to Golden Girl for sure! Cuban sandwich and Appleton Rum… I may never leave!!

  • These look so yummy and gorgeous! Definitely filing this away for Kentucky Derby weekend 😉

    -Molly
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  • These milkshakes look delicious! We’ll have to make them tonight!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  • This sounds delicious! I’m definitely trying this tonight!

  • Yum!! I’ll have to try these!!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  • I love the thought of turning cocktails into milkshakes, I’m not a mint fan but how about some cosmopolitan milkshakes? Great idea!
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  • Golden Girl looks like an awesome place! Can’t wait to see the tour!!!

  • These look so delicious! The straw, mint and dusting of sugar are really nice finishing touches.
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  • Wow these look great! I really want to try them! great post and pictures!
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    x

  • Looks delicious Love mint
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  • I should NOT have looked at the food menu at Golden Girl. Your Cuban sounds so effing amazing I almost ate my computer. Ugh…

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