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Rum Mint Julep Recipe

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Last Updated on June 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

This Rum Mint Julep recipe is a great summer cocktail. A Rum Julep Recipe with 2 rums, plus the typical bourbon, this one is full of flavor from the mint leaves. The mint releases essential oil in a fruit, herbal rum based take on the classic cocktail.


The Mint Julep is a classic bourbon cocktail that was invented in the American south sometime in the 1700s. Early Mint Juleps were prescribed as medicine for stomach ailments. (sign me up!) This was probably due to the mint. But, I don’t know how helpful the bourbon was!

Ice being poured into a silver cup with a scoop, green straws

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Silver cup cocktail, crushed ice, green straws, mint sprig and pineapple fronds

Bourbon has become synonymous with Mint Juleps. This is not surprising considering that it is a drink that was made popular in the South and most specifically in Kentucky, the land of bourbon and horse racing! Kentucky Derby, anyone?


Mint Juleps

Juleps tend to be drank after during the spring and summer, but you can love it year round! The traditional Mint Julep has four simple ingredients: bourbon, mint, sugar and crushed ice. We cannot stress enough how important the ice is to this cocktail, so make sure you crush your ice! (Altho, go to Sonic and get some from them if making your own isn’t an option.)

Pineapple Mint Julep in silver cup with green straws and mint

So, with this simple combination, the Mint Julep calls for lots of opportunities to be flexible and creative. There can be so many unique versions and flavors that the Julep will always be remade in some way.


Besides the common Julep spirits of bourbon and whiskey, brandy and rum Juleps are a tasty choice, too!

Silver cup with crushed ice and pineapple fronts and mint

Did you know that Juleps don’t have to be made with bourbon? A classic mint julep is of course, but they are a family of drinks that mix mint, sugar and crushed ice with whichever spirit you choose.

Fans of sweet cocktails, get ready to love this boozy Rum Mint Julep sip.


The rum is a nod to colonial days, when juleps actually were often rum based! Rum has a barrel aged flavor and slight sweetness, which is a great choice as a replacement for bourbon.

Silver cup with crushed ice and pineapple fronts and mint

Rum Mint Julep

The Rum Mint Julep result has the rich and sweet base flavors of sugar and maple syrup, and added with the freshness of the mint, makes for a tasty tipple.


Make sure to try this Rum Mint Julep, as we did with both bourbon and rum. We used a pineapple rum, which gave a great tropical base, along with the bourbon. We added a dash of simple syrup, mint leaves and toasted oat shrub.

Silver cup with crushed ice and pineapple fronts and mint

In place of the toasted oat shrub, which we are still working on, (but is oh, so good) molasses is a great substitute, just use a small amount, like a 1/2 of a teaspoon. It’s a great flavor sub for the shrub, and adds a nutty quality to the cocktail with the rum and bourbon.


We hope you give this Pineapple Rum Mint Julep a try!

Silver cup with crushed ice and pineapple fronts and mint

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Silver cup with crushed ice and pineapple fronts and mint
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Rum Mint Julep Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Rum Mint Julep is a great twist on the classic bourbon version!


  • 1 ounce Pineapple Rum
  • .50 ounce bourbon
  • .50 ounce blackstrap rum
  • .25 ounce simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon molasses


  1. Press mint leaves and simple syrup in glass or julep cup. Don't muddle leaves, just press on them.
  2. Add in bourbon and rums. Add in molasses.
  3. Top with crushed ice and stir.
  4. Top with more crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with pineapple fronds or mint leaves, if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Sodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 6g

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