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Root Beer Float Julep

Dress up your julep with sassafras syrup and ice cream for this creamy, delightful Root Beer Float Julep. It’s an easy way to celebrate summer with an icy drink that you sip and spoon on a hot day. The kids can have mocktails while you have a Root Beer Julep or three. For instructions on how to make this if you don’t have root beer syrup jump down to the notes to sub out with just regular root beer.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Bourbon Cocktail
Keyword: ice cream, julep, mint, mint julep,, root beer
Servings: 1
Author: Heather Wibbels


  • ¾ oz sassafras syrup or root beer syrup**
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz Buffalo Trace bourbon cream
  • ½ c ice cream
  • Garnish: mint sprig and dash of whipped cream


  • Add the sassafras or root beer syrup to a mixing glass and tear the mint leaves and add them as well.
  • Muddle lightly, add the bourbon and bourbon cream and stir until combined. Strain into the julep cup and fill about ¾ with ice.
  • Add the scoop of ice cream and sprig of mint along with a straw and spoon (if needed). If you want to go crazy, add some whipped cream to the top as well.


**Root beer syrup recipe: I made a version of root beer syrup by reducing a 12 oz can of root beer over low heat by half. I added ¾ cup of sugar to it after taking it off the heat. It’s not as root beer forward as the sassafras syrup on its own, but it’ll do in quarantine.
Note: To make this without the sassafras or root beer syrup combine ¾ oz simple syrup, bourbon, bourbon cream and loose mint leaves in your julep glass. Stir well, fill half-way with ice. Add the ice cream, then top with some real root beer and garnish with a straw, spoon and mint garnish. Don’t forget the whipped cream!