Mint Julep With Rum Float

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail

  • Cook

    5 minutes

By Carey Jones and John McCarthy

Published on May 5, 2016

Mint Julep with Rum Float

For the perfect mint julep cocktail, smash your ice—but not your mint—then dress it up with a float of good dark rum. The rum is a nod to colonial days, when juleps were often rum-based, and with its barrel-aged character and slight sweetness, a great match for bourbon.


  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 12 oz. añejo rum, such as Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva
  • 12 oz. simple syrup
  • 10 mint leaves, plus more for garnish


Step 1

In the bottom of a julep cup or cocktail glass, place mint and 1⁄4 oz simple syrup. Gently press down on mint leaves with a muddler, making sure not to mash the leaves into pulp. Add the remaining 1⁄4 oz simple syrup and bourbon. Fill the cup completely with ice, forming a mound on top. Pour the rum over the top of the ice. Garnish with a large mint bouquet and a straw next to the mint.

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