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Growing up in Kentucky means I have opinions about mint juleps. Do you stick with the classic recipe or do you mix it up and make it with a twist for a little extra somethin’ somethin’. Well, this gal likes to do a little bit of both. After all, blending the old with the new is the perfect way to celebrate a classic drink made with bourbon. And so, the star fruit pineapple mint julep recipe was born.
Made using a traditional mint julep base with the addition of some muddled star fruit and pineapple, it’s sure to be a hit at your Kentucky Derby party or any other time of year. When you garnish it beautifully with fresh star fruit and pineapple over a tall mound of ice, it’s absolutely stunning. And it tastes great too!
Enjoy making our Star Fruit Pineapple Mint Julep Recipe
Here’s where the old versus the new argument comes into play, and I know there are plenty of people who won’t and who will agree with me.
I fall into the “bourbon isn’t bourbon unless it’s made in Kentucky” faction. I know, there’s some great whiskey made elsewhere, and while I may enjoy it, I’m a stickler for using Kentucky bourbon. And I may call your made anywhere but Kentucky corn mash whiskey simply “corn whiskey.” And I might even enjoy drinking it. Shhhh…. But I’m not calling it bourbon.
Go visit the distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and you’ll probably agree with me. Once you’ve tasted some wonderfully aged Kentucky bourbon from small distilleries as well as from the well-known producers, you’re likely to call it corn whiskey too.
The perfect drink to serve at your Kentucky Derby party
But since this is a traditional Derby drink, why not use what they serve at Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve? After all, who is going to complain about a pour of Woodford?
So in keeping with the “you can take the girl out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl” news, I am happy to mix some tradition with something new. So I make this mint julep with Woodford, and with distilled water to honor the old traditions, but I’ll add something unexpected to it to make it new – star fruit and pineapple.
You know the deliciously sweet taste of fresh pineapple, but if you’re not familiar with star fruit, it’s kind of a sweet and sour tasting fruit which really brings the flavor to your julep.
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Ingredients you need to make the Star Fruit Pineapple Mint Julep
Makes one drink
- 5 chunks of fresh pineapple, set one aside for garnish
- 5 1/4′ slices of ripe star fruit, set two aside for garnish
- 2 oz Woodford Reserve bourbon, or the bourbon of your choice – we also really like Bulleit or Angel’s Envy
- 1.5 -2 Tbsp mint simple syrup
- 2 sprigs of mint leaves: 4 leaves for the drink, the other sprig for garnish
- Crushed ice
Make it a Mocktail instead
You can enjoy a virgin star fruit pineapple mint julep by simply omitting the bourbon and replacing it with iced tea. It’s really quite a delicious spring time drink that’s perfect to serve by the pitcher.
How to make the Star Fruit Pineapple Mint Julep
There’s two ways to make a mint julep:
- Make your mint simple syrup the night before. You may have heard this called “branch water” before.
- Press your fresh mint with the back of a spoon on the side of your julep cup at the time you make the drink.
I will explain both methods.
Star Fruit Pineapple Mint Julep Method One:
- Your sugar and water will be made at a 1:1 ratio. So you can start with 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar. Multiply as needed. It keeps refrigerated for about a week.
- Bring distilled water to a boil. So if you are having a party, it’s easy to make a large quantity.
- Stir the sugar in the water until it is completely dissolved.
- Using a mortar and pestle, muddle your mint. And when I say muddle, I mean “muddle the ever living daylights out of that mint.” You want to extract as much essential oil from the mint as you can. And it’s okay if it looks pulverized.
- When the water and sugar has cooled a bit, add the mint to the mixture and stir well.
- Let it cool and then pour it into a mason jar or bottle that you can cap.
- The next day, it’s time to make your juleps.
- In a mixing glass, muddle your star fruit and pineapple to release their juices.
- Then pour your bourbon and mint simple syrup. Stir well and pour into your julep cup.
Star Fruit Pineapple Mint Julep Method Two:
- In your mixing glass, mix two tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of distilled water. Stir well until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the pineapple and star fruit to the mixing glass and muddle well.
- Pour your bourbon and stir.
- In your julep cup, rub a few fresh mint leaves around the surfaces while pressing with the back of your spoon. This will help to release the essential oils and give it a fresh mint kick with the simple syrup.
- Fill your cup with ice, and pour the drink.
You will want to overfill the julep cup with crushed ice as it’s best served very cold. I like to mound my ice above the rim so that the ice is higher than the liquid. If you do not want to mound the ice, at least fill it to the cup’s rim.
Garnish with star fruit, pineapple, and mint. I like to have fun with how to position the star fruit and pineapple chunks on a cocktail pick. You can style them vertically or at an angle, you can include some of the fresh pineapple fronds as a background, and you can even style the star fruit on your paper straws. There are several fun ways to style it and the star fruit will really make an impression!
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Try our star fruit pineapple mint julep recipe. It's a fresh twist on a cocktail classic that gives it just the right amount of new to be different while keeping the tradition intact. Perfect to serve in the spring and summer, it's especially perfect to serve for your Kentucky Derby parties during Derby Week.
- 5 Chunks Fresh Pineapple
- 5 Slices Ripe Star Fruit 1/4 inch slices
- 2 oz Woodford Reserve Bourbon or your favorite
- 1 1/2 tsp Mint Simple Syrup
- 2 sprigs Fresh Mint Leaves
- Crushed Ice
Your sugar and water will be made at a 1:1 ratio. So you can start with 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar.
Bring distilled water to a boil.
Stir the sugar in the water and stir until it is completely dissolved.
Using a mortar and pestle, muddle your mint.
When the water and sugar has cooled a bit, add the mint to the mixture and stir well.
Let it cool and then pour it into a mason jar or bottle that you can cap.
The next day, it’s time to make your juleps.
In a mixing glass, muddle your star fruit and pineapple to release their juices.
Then pour your bourbon and mint simple syrup> Stir well and pour into your julep cup.
In your mixing glass, mix two tsp of sugar and 2 tsp of distilled water. Stir well until the sugar dissolves.
Add the pineapple and star fruit to the mixing glass and muddle well.
Pour your bourbon and stir.
In your julep cup, rub a few fresh mint leaves around the surfaces while pressing with the back of your spoon.
Fill your cup with ice, and pour the drink.
Please note that nutrition facts are subject to change based on your choice of ingredients.
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