Rose Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:22%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Rose Mint Julep is a delightful twist on the classic Mint Julep, a staple of Southern hospitality and the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby. The addition of rose syrup adds a floral elegance, making it a favorite among those who appreciate a touch of botanical sweetness in their bourbon.

  • Origins: The Mint Julep has been around since the 18th century, but the rose variation is a more modern incarnation.
  • Popularity: It's especially popular in spring and summer, during garden parties and wedding receptions.
  • Fans: This drink is adored by bourbon enthusiasts and romantics who enjoy a sophisticated, aromatic cocktail experience.

How Rose Mint Julep Tastes?

The Rose Mint Julep offers a harmonious blend of smooth, oaky bourbon with a sweet, floral hint from the rose syrup. The fresh mint provides a cooling sensation, making the drink refreshing. It's a well-balanced cocktail with a robust foundation softened by the delicate rose.

Interesting facts about Rose Mint Julep

  • The Mint Julep was originally prescribed as a medicinal tonic before becoming a popular cocktail.
  • Rose syrup can be made from various types of roses, each imparting a unique flavor profile.
  • The Rose Mint Julep can be served in a traditional silver or pewter cup, which enhances its coolness.


Ingredients Detailed for Rose Mint Julep

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Bourbon Whiskey: 2 oz

Bourbon is the soul of this drink, providing a strong, rich base. Too little and you miss the warmth, too much and you'll overpower the delicate rose flavor. Remember, moderation is key!

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Rose Syrup: 0.25 oz

Rose syrup adds a romantic floral note; it's like liquid poetry. Too much can make the julep overly sweet and perfume-like; too little, and you lose the cocktail's unique charm.

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Mint Leaves: 6

Mint is the fresh breeze in the garden of flavors. Six leaves ensure a cool touch without turning your drink into a herb garden. Omitting the mint would be a sin, it's the 'mint' in 'mint julep' after all!

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Saline Solution: 1 drop

A drop of saline solution might seem small, but it's like salt on fries; it enhances and balances flavors. Skip it, and the drink could become flat.

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Crushed Ice: As needed

Crushed ice chills and dilutes the drink gradually, ensuring a consistently refreshing sip. Skimp on ice, and the bourbon might knock you off your feet.

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Recipe. How to make Rose Mint Julep Drink

  1. Gently muddle the mint leaves with the rose syrup at the bottom of a julep cup.
  2. Fill the cup halfway with crushed ice.
  3. Pour in the bourbon whiskey.
  4. Add a drop of saline solution.
  5. Stir the mixture until the cup feels frosty on the outside.
  6. Top with more crushed ice to form a dome.
  7. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a few rose petals.

Pro Tips

  • Use freshly picked mint for the most vibrant flavor.
  • Chill your julep cup before building the cocktail to keep it extra frosty.
  • Slap the mint garnish between your hands before adding it to release the oils and enhance the aroma.

Perfect Pairings

Pairings for Rose Mint Julep

Southern Cuisine

The richness of traditional southern dishes, like fried chicken or barbecue, would complement the bold flavors of bourbon in the Rose Mint Julep.


Pair with delicate desserts such as lemon tarts or berry parfaits. The floral notes of the rose will dance alongside the sweetness of the desserts.


Bold cheeses like Blue Cheese or aged Cheddar provide a robust contrast to the refreshing mint and subtle rose flavors in the cocktail.


Nibble on spiced nuts or olives, which will stand up against the whiskey's assertiveness while echoing the botanical undertones.

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What you could change in Rose Mint Julep

  • Bourbon Whiskey: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a suitable substitute.
  • Rose Syrup: In a pinch, you can use a few drops of rose water and simple syrup mixed together.
  • Saline Solution: If unavailable, a tiny pinch of salt can be used instead.

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Twists on Rose Mint Julep

Chamomile Mint Julep

Substitute rose syrup with chamomile syrup. It gives the julep an earthy sweetness and a soothing herbal twist perfect for a relaxing evening.

  1. Muddle mint with chamomile syrup.
  2. Follow the original recipe.

Pomegranate Rose Julep

Add pomegranate juice for a tangy twist. The tartness of pomegranate juice complements the sweetness of the rose, creating a tantalizing flavor profile that's both exotic and familiar.

  1. Add 0.5 oz pomegranate juice with the bourbon.
  2. Follow the original recipe.

Lavender Mint Julep

Use lavender syrup instead of rose syrup. You'll get a cocktail that's a walk through a blooming lavender field on a warm summer day.

  1. Muddle mint with lavender syrup.
  2. Follow the original recipe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Rose Mint Julep

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Rose Mint Julep

What is the significance of the Julep cup in serving a Mint Julep?

The Julep cup, traditionally made from pewter, silver, or stainless steel, is iconic for Mint Juleps as it becomes frosty when filled with the crushed ice, enhancing the aesthetic and tactile experience of enjoying the cocktail.

Can the Rose Mint Julep be prepared in advance for parties?

While the Rose Mint Julep is best prepared fresh, you can pre-mix the bourbon and rose syrup in larger quantities and refrigerate. Just add fresh mint, crushed ice, and the saline solution when serving.

How do I crush ice at home without specialized equipment?

Place ice cubes in a durable bag and wrap it in a towel. Then, use a rolling pin or mallet to gently crush the ice to the desired consistency.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Rose Mint Julep?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by using a non-alcoholic bourbon alternative or by simply omitting the bourbon and increasing the proportion of rose syrup and sparkling water for a refreshing twist.

How can I ensure that my mint leaves don't turn bitter when muddled?

To avoid bitterness, gently press and twist the mint leaves with the muddler instead of crushing them too vigorously. This releases the essential oils without breaking down the leaves too much.

What's the best type of mint to use in a Rose Mint Julep?

Spearmint is traditionally used for its milder flavor, but you can experiment with peppermint or even chocolate mint for a unique twist on the classic cocktail.

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