I do like mixing up my Mint Julep ingredients and these Roasted Pineapple and Rum Mint Juleps veered sharply towards rum but it’s a winner. Thankfully not every horse is the same either!
Yes, you read that right. A Roasted Pineapple and RUM Mint Julep. Did you know that Juleps don’t have to be made with bourbon? They are simply a family of drinks that combine mint, sugar and crushed ice with pretty much whichever spirit you choose. As time has passed, however, bourbon has become synonymous with Mint Juleps which 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.
I’ve made my share of bourbon laced Mint Juleps but I also have friends that are not that fond of them; made right they are VERY bourbon forward so I went a different direction and we sure loved this Roasted Pineapple and Rum Mint Julep.
Though widely associated with the Kentucky Derby, the Julep is an international cocktail that was introduced to London by one Captain Marryatt who had discovered it on his trips to the South and brought this classic cocktail back to England with him. Thus started the journey of the Julep becoming an international favorite. I think they are so good that I often wonder why they are only popular for one day and one two minute horse race; let’s change that and we can start with this cocktail today!
I was asked to create a cocktail using Cruzan® Pineapple Rum and since I had already made this Grey Goose Oaks Lily honoring the Derby I thought today I would combine my love of the Kentucky Derby with my love of Pineapple in a cocktail that carries some elements of both the race and a day that celebrates moms…you know…ME!
My favorite cake of all time is a Pineapple Upside Down cake so I’ve included some elements of that cake and roasted the pineapple in brown sugar which I’ve combined with rum, mint and a brown sugar simple syrup. I’m somewhat amazed that this cocktail came to be; I could have snacked on those finished pineapple tidbits all day long.
While I am not typically a big proponent of flavored liquors, I have always been a fan of Cruzan Rums. They’re subtle and made with good ingredients instead of artificial flavoring and I’ve had some excellent samples come my way; their Pineapple Rum is worthy of praise.
It could not be more perfect in this cocktail but I’ve already got plans for trying both a pineapple mojito and a pineapple margarita. You know what? I need to post more than one cocktail a week…I have SO many ideas and not enough days!
For those of you who might want to stick with something more traditional? I’ve made several Mint Juleps that are fantastic including this Sparkling Blackberry Mint Julep, a Muscavado and Vanilla Bean Mint Julep, and a Honey Peach Mint Julep. All with bourbon baby!
Whatever your pleasure this weekend, whether it be horses, margaritas or mom…try one of these Roasted Pineapple and Rum Mint Juleps; they are a great all summer long sipper…Cheers!
I love Mint Juleps and have more; we love them all summer long!
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