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9 Fresh Mint Cocktails For Summer To Refresh Your Palate

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With long, sunny afternoons comes the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy a mint cocktail. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated drink to sip on during a fancy dinner party or simply need something thirst-quenching to beat the summer heat, these nine mint cocktails are exactly what you've been looking for.

Plus, they are quick and easy to make, so even novices can impress their friends with the perfect mint cocktail of their choice. With fresh mint leaves and ice, these cocktails will quench your thirst and help you stay cool. Pick your ideal mint cocktail below, and get ready for some serious chilling out.

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1. Baroness Collins

Baroness Collins

Baroness Collins is one of the most delicious mint cocktails, ideal for those hot summer days when you just want something cold and tasty to quench your thirst.

Featuring the rich, fruity taste of Campari and a hint of citrus with the lime juice, this cocktail also gives a reviving, invigorating twist to your taste buds thanks to the addition of the muddled mint sprig.

Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of an elegant evening cocktail party, Baroness Collins is sure to impress. If you're looking for something exciting and different, this is the perfect drink for you.

Get the recipe here.

2. Ginger Rogers

Two glasses of Ginger Rogers cocktail

The Ginger Rogers is a classic cocktail summer drink that mint lovers have adored for many years. This fresh drink combines the mouthwatering flavor of the sweet ginger beer and cooling mint in a perfectly balanced combination. The fresh mint flavor can be infused into every sip thanks to the crushed ice, creating a satisfying, sweet drink.

Whether you are throwing an outdoor party for family and friends or just enjoying a quiet night at home, the Ginger Rogers cocktail will be a hit with everyone who loves this fragrant, delicious concoction.

This mint cocktail only takes a few minutes to make multiple glasses for friends and family. Try growing fresh mint in your backyard for a special touch on the essential ingredient, or snip the leaves off to prep for your cocktail party.

Get the recipe here.

3. Mint Julep

Glasses of Mint Julep cocktails

Everyone should know how to make a mint julep. It’s a classic crowd-pleasing drink that’s perfect for warm weather.

To create a stronger mint flavor, add more crushed mint leaves or muddle for an additional minute before adding the bourbon and ice. For extra sweetness, you can also add simple syrup or honey before shaking the drink into the cocktail shaker. Plus, it's best to use a Julep cup and garnish your cup with a fresh mint sprig to enjoy this treat.

It's especially ideal in the spring and summer when the delicious berries are in season. To turn this old-fashioned drink into an ecologically friendly one, it would be best to get them from a local farmer.

Get the recipe here.

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4. Vesper Martini

Glasses of Vesper Martini

Ian Fleming’s James Bond character’s original favorite drink was the Vesper Martini because of its stimulating flavor profile. You’ll find out why this recipe is the stuff of legends after garnishing it with a bit of mint for an extra layer of mint richness in its flavor profile.

Vesper Martini is a refreshing and smooth cocktail that's absolutely delicious for summer days. Created by Ian Fleming in 1953, this classic cocktail is made with gin, vodka, and aperitif.

Garnish it with some citrus lemon or mint leaves to enhance its flavor. So why not give this classic drink a try today? Cheers!

Get the recipe here.

5. Mojito

A glass of Classic Mojito on bar counter

Mojito, a classic Cuban cocktail, is the perfect drink for hot summer days! Made with mint, lime, sugar, white rum, and sparkling water, Mojito is cooling and flavorful.

This cocktail is perfect for your next summer getaway or backyard barbecue. Whether you're sipping it by the pool or enjoying it on the patio, Mojito will surely quench your thirst.

So, what are you waiting for? Head to your local liquor store and pick up the ingredients to make your very own Classic Mojito tonight!

Get the recipe here.

6. The Old Cuban

A serving of The Old Cuban on a coupe glass

Anyone who loves sugary cocktails will enjoy an Old Cuban cocktail while the weather’s still warm. The simple syrup and sparkling wine create an extra sweet foundation while the amber rum and bitters round out the flavors. It’s a full-bodied cocktail that only gets better with a mint finish.

Fresh mint complements this sweet beverage for the perfect cocktail on a warm-weather afternoon. Pour the mixed ingredients over ice cubes or frozen whiskey rocks if you want your next glass to have an extra refreshing appeal.

Get the recipe here.

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7. Grasshopper

Two glasses of Grasshopper Drink

Grasshoppers are one of the few mint cocktails that only use three main ingredients. These mint drinks are often thought of as dessert drinks because of the sweet mixture created by the heavy cream, creme-de-menthe, and creme-de-cacao.

It may become one of your favorite cocktails to celebrate all your hard work at the end of the day. If you have guests who need a lactose-free version, just substitute heavy cream with dairy-free cream to enjoy this beverage with friends.

Also, you can add ice cream (either mint or vanilla flavor), toppings, chocolate sauce, chocolate shavings, and whipped cream for garnish.

Get the recipe here.

8. Peppermint Mocha Old-Fashioned 

Peppermint Mocha Old-Fashioned

You don’t need any special whiskey to make a peppermint mocha Old-Fashioned. See what you already have in your bar cabinet or what’s on sale at your local liquor store. A few ounces is all you need to make this delicious minty cocktail.

Rocks glasses are the perfect vessel for this delectable dessert drink as you sip it after your next summer supper. It brings the perfect flavor profile to follow sweet summer corn or savory barbecue meal.

Get the recipe here.

9. Stinger

Two glasses of Stinger cocktail

Consider making a stinger if you’re worried about needing tons of mixology supplies to make mint cocktails. As long as you have a cocktail glass and a spoon or shaker, you’re ready to delight in the creamy goodness of a minty stinger.

The Stinger cocktail is a brandy and crème de menthe combination drink. The cocktail's history may be traced back to the United States in the 1890s, and it was immensely popular in America until the 1970s.

Stinger cocktails are light and delicious on hot days. It was regarded as a beverage for the upper class, and it had a significant cultural impact. The Stinger is traditionally made with cognac, but any type of brandy will do.

Get the recipe here.

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