Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars.

It’s that special time of year where entertaining is at its peak, thanks to all this beautiful weather and sunshine. And today I’m celebrating with a fresh, seasonal cocktail recipe.

mint julep jar cocktails / heirloomed

One of my favorite products, Ball® Mason Jars teamed up with Domino Magazine for a fun event in Nashville recently to showcase the #ManyUsesofMason and although I wasn’t able to make the trip (though I’m planning one soon, stay tuned!)  I could certainly relate to the challenge. I use Ball Jars for everything from packaging for some of my products, to air-tight pantry storage, DIY floral vases and cute entertaining for drinks at any event or party.

Today I’m teaming up with my friends at Ball® to share a seasonal recipe for Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars. It’s my take on the Southern classic and instead of drinking them out of the refined silver julep cups we’ve all grown to love, I’m sharing an effortless update on this entertaining essential.

Mint herb garden / heirloomed

My herb garden is going absolutely crazy right now and my sprawling mint is nearly covering all the beds in my front garden after just three years of planting them. It makes for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover but beware as it will certainly takeover your garden if you let it.

fresh mint for mint juleps / heirloomed

Because the star of this cocktail is the beautiful mint leaf, serving them in the clear Ball® jars is the perfect way to let them shine. I love the Quilted Jam Jars for serving individual glasses to my guests and the Wide Mouth Quart Sized Jars for storing my Mint Simple Syrup to keep on hand.

fresh mint julep cocktail / heirloomed

Here’s a classic take on one of my favorite Southern signature cocktails, the Mint Julep.

Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars

Yield: 32 oz. Jar
This beautiful cocktail encapsulates summertime and sunshine into one glass.


  • 1 ½ parts Bourbon
  • 2 springs fresh Mint
  • 2 TBSP mint simple syrup
  • Splash of cold water
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice


How to cook Herb Garden Mint Julep Jars

  1. Pluck the leaves from one spring of mint to fill the bottom of your larger jar.
  2. Add mint simple syrup. Using a muddler, end of a wooden spoon, or rolling pin, muddle together your mint leaves with simple syrup, bourbon and water.
  3. Fill your small jar with crushed ice and pour mixture over on top.
  4. Sift powdered sugar on top and garnish with remaining spring of mint. Enjoy!
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muddling mint leaves for mint juleps / heirloomed
mint simple syrup for mint juleps / heirloomed
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freshly muddled mint leaves / heirloomed


A little tip, if you don’t have good crushed ice at your house simply take ice cubes and seal in a bag then hit them gently with a rolling pin to break them up into perfect little pieces for your drink.

crushed ice for mint juleps / heirloomed
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I hope you’ll try your hand at this easy and delicious cocktail recipe. Grab all the Ball® Mason Jars you need over at your local Target for a great selection (and you can even use the Ibotta app to get money back when you shop. See here for more details on using the app). 

I’d also love to see your #ManyUsesforMason and how you’re using (and re-using) your Ball® Mason Jars in your own home. I’ve always wondering how folks are re-using the jars from our aprons so please be sure to share!


Southern Mint Julep cocktail recipe / heirloomed


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#southernchat: cocktail hour.

southern bourbon whiskey

If there is one thing we love here in the South, it is the fine array of bourbon & whiskeys we mix, sip and enjoy for everydays and special occasions alike . There are so many liquor brands scattered throughout the hills and valleys of the South, both big and small, well-known and still-to-be-discovered. And, when I dug in a bit to put the collection together for this week's chat, what I loved most was the nostalgic look and feel of their defining logos. So, for our hour-long #southernchat this week, I hope you'll join in the "cocktail hour" and cheers to some of the best in southern spirits!


#southernchat: cocktail hour (Monday, 1/28/13, 9:00 pm est)

Q1: What are the first words that come to mind when you think southern bourbon & whiskey?

Q2: There are so many makers of southern bourbon & whiskey. Big & small, let's share them all. Who are some of your favorites?

Q3: What are your favorite southern-inspired cocktails?

Q4: Sipping in the south doesn't need a special occasion, but what are your favorite times or occasions to enjoy a drink?

Q5: Time for a little nostalgia. Name a southern drink & the memory it's tied to for you.

{ If you’re interested in sponsoring the cocktail hour chat, or to learn more about #southernchat, to be a guest or host another giveaway, click here to learn more!}

And, a little fun to leave you with, I simply loved the simplicity and wit in this little piece of art below!

Southern sips: From top, left to right: Southern Comfort, Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Chattanooga Whiskey, Wild Turkey, Jack Daniels, American Spirit Whiskey, Four Roses Bourbon, Knob Creek.