I will gladly don a big hat if it comes complete with a cocktail.

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Who am I kidding? I’d easily wear a big hat regardless – to go with my big hair. And then give me a big cocktail.

It just sounds so PERFECT. And big.

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If you’ve been reading my ramblings for a while, then you know that the Kentucky Derby is like a national holiday in this house. This year, SOMEONE gets to go. He is sort of dying of excitement. I’m jealous.

I just want a to wear a gigantic hat the entire weekend. Probably going to do that.

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Last year I made these blueberry mint juleps and, um, HELLO. Life changer. I enjoy a regular old mint julep just as much, but in the spirit of trashing up cocktails in a stereotypical fruity way, I made another one. Pineapple mint. I think I have a hand soap or a body cream that’s made of pineapple mint scent. I don’t know. Inspiration is weird.

The key to my favorite mint juleps is crushed ice. It’s seriously makes a huge difference. I throw some regular ice cubes in a blender and pulse because I don’t have a fancy fridge that will give me crushed ice with the push of a button. You must try if you know what’s good for you.

Predicament though: I’m not sure which I like more. Can I combine the two? I’m just going to have one (or four) of each.

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Pineapple Mint Juleps

Yield: makes 1 drink, is easily multiplied

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 1/2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce mint simple syrup
1 ounce mint pineapple puree
crushed ice (this is key!)
fresh mint leaves

mint simple syrup
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 bunch of mint leaves

pineapple mint puree
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
2 tablespoons mint simple syrup


Combine bourbon, mint simple syrup and mint pineapple puree together and shake or stir well. Pour over crushed iced and serve with extra mint leaves.

mint simple syrup
Combine sugar, mint and water together in a small saucepan and heat over high heat until boiling, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook for another minute or so, then set aside to cool completely. Remove mint before using. You can do this ahead of time and store it in the fridge!

pineapple mint puree
In a food processor or blender, combine pineapple and mint simple syrup until pureed.

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Love that this is a thing.

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55 Responses to “Pineapple Mint Juleps.”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 25, 2014 @ 6:51 am

    I’ve never had a mint julip…but I love minty drinks (hello mojitos!) and I adore pineapple…and it’s Friday..so this is happening to my face. Pinned!


  2. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 25, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    I tried to make crushed ice in my VItamix the other day–but I have those king size cubes and it literally just bounced around, did nothing, and made me feel like I was destroying the machine.

    This drink looks so refreshing!!


  3. #
    bridget350@gmail.com — April 25, 2014 @ 7:32 am

    Wait, wait, Waaaaiiit!!!! You’re going?!?!?

    I’m in the midst of planning our school fundraiser…a Kentucky Derby party!!! I have my fascinator all ready to go…I’m so darn excited. I may hand the bartender your recipe and see if he can whip one up for me! :)

    PS…every other tab on my computer is open to a page selling plastic horse figurines. ;)


  4. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — April 25, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    We live in Louisville so I get excited when I see other people talk of their love for Derby too. It’s such a fun city. If you need restaurant recs let me know. Lou is a super foodie town so I’d love to steer in the right direction.


  5. #
    bev @ bevcooks — April 25, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    Can we just do this all day/weekend/life? Coo.


  6. #
    Lisa @ Simple Pairings — April 25, 2014 @ 9:01 am

    You have such lovely photographs! This drink looks so refreshing – perfect for the warmer weather :)


  7. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — April 25, 2014 @ 9:14 am

    I’ll julep with you anytime. Pineapple would be my favorite, especially if I could do it while betting on the ponies. Have fun and I hope you come out a winner.


  8. #
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — April 25, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    This sounds so refreshing! And I request an Instagram of you and your hat! :)


  9. #
    Todd | HonestlyYUM — April 25, 2014 @ 9:48 am

    What a great combo!! As yes, crushed ice is a must. I have a Lewis bag so I can do it by hand…you know, and take out some aggression in the process ;) Big hats and cocktails for LIFE!!


  10. #
    Polly @ Tasty Food Project — April 25, 2014 @ 9:58 am

    This looks so tasty and refreshing! It would be perfect on a warm day!


  11. #
    Ashley @ Our Full Table — April 25, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    If I wasn’t pregnant I’d be all over this tonight! But I guess I’ll have to pin for later!


  12. #
    Phoebe Lapine — April 25, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    These look delicious!


  13. #
    DessertForTwo — April 25, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Please keep creating recipes with mint syrup. I can’t get enough!!!

    I hope y’all have a blast at the Derby!!! xo


  14. #
    Cindy — April 25, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    I am crazy for crushed ice…and this pineapple-mint combo sounds like a dream! This drank is totes going on the post-baby list!


  15. #
    Helen @ the crispy crouton — April 25, 2014 @ 12:08 pm

    Like Taylor (above) I love mojitos – the mint gives the drink such a clean and refreshing taste but I could be tempted to replace it with your delicious-looking creation to see how it compares! Thanks for the share.


  16. #
    Katrina @ WVS — April 25, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    So perfect for Friday! PLUS! I’ve been craving pineapple so hard recently.


  17. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 25, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Just yesterday when I was on a run I was thinking, it’s almost Derby season and time for some Juleps to start popping up on blogs and bam, you read my mind :) Gorgeous! pinned


  18. #
    Ashley — April 25, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    I want this in my face NOW, please! And I love using the Derby as an excuse to drink juleps (out of a fancy new julep cup, what!) and be pretend fancy. I hope you really do wear a huge hat all weekend…


  19. #
    collette — April 25, 2014 @ 1:55 pm

    I think blueberry pineapple mint sounds fabulous!! Go for it! :)


  20. #
    Merrin — April 25, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    Be sure to cheer on Ring Weekend! My parents are partial owners and we have great feelings about him. I’ll be hosting a Derby party in Portland and just added this recipe to the menu!


  21. #
    ATasteOfMadness — April 25, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    My favorite flavors meet in drink form. You are a genius.


  22. #
    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — April 25, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    YUM. Happy big hat weekend, indeed.


  23. #
    ami@naivecookcooks — April 25, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    This drink looks so so good!! I love the way you photograph!


  24. #
    sophie — April 26, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    I’m still recovering from last night, so can’t say I’ll make that one right now. Definitely for the future though!

    Sophie x



  25. #
    Que — April 26, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    My in laws don’t drink alcohol. What would be a good substitute for the bourbon? Can I just use lemon-lime soda?


  26. #
    Paula — April 26, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    I live in Louisville. The Derby IS the place to be on the first Saturday in May. Love, love this recipe and will be trying it on several friends this week. Thank you so much.


  27. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — April 27, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    So obsessed with pineapple right now! This is absolutely mouth watering!


  28. #
    Lyndsey — April 28, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    The fiance of mine went to the Derby last year and didn’t take me….. like, how did I say “yes” after that? Yeah, idk either. BUT this year he is taking me and I cannot wait to get my hands on a mint julep! They just aren’t a thing down here in Texas… I will most def drink one in honor of you! :)


  29. #
    Lindsay C Wright — April 28, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

    Wow! These sound absolutely amazing! I love traditional mint juleps on a hot day, but this sounds incredible as well!


  30. #
    Eileen — April 29, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    This sounds like the best possible cocktail to have on a sunny afternoon! And an excellent way to use the backyard mint, besides. :) Yay!


  31. #
    Margaret Adofo — April 30, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Mmm. Looks like what would be a very happy hour!

    Maggie A


  32. #
    Caitlin Heaton — April 30, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

    I absolutely agree about the ice. So necessarily fancy



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