11 Refreshing Mint Cocktails

Mint is one of the best herbs to grow right in your home because it is pretty durable and will always produce a ton so you’ll never be out of stock.

Growing mint is easy as can be, and the good thing is that mint is a perennial, which means that it comes back year after year. Also, you can grow mint from seeds or plants, and you can plant your mint plants (or seeds) outdoors or in pots in your house.

If you do have some mint and want to throw it in a drink, try out the mint cocktails below.

Each one is super easy to make so your mint drinks won’t waste a ton of time and you’ll get to enjoy yourself rather than being stuck in the bar the whole time.

As the warm weather approaches, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a mint-infused cocktail to awaken your senses and keep you cool. Mint, a versatile and fragrant herb, adds a crisp and revitalizing touch to various drinks. From the classic mojito to creative twists on traditional beverages, mint-enhanced cocktails are a delightful way to beat the heat and entertain guests.

In this article, you’ll discover an array of fantastic mint cocktail recipes that cater to a variety of tastes and preferences. Whether you’re a fan of gin, vodka, or whiskey, there’s a minty concoction just waiting for you to try. Keep in mind that using fresh mint leaves is essential for capturing the unique aroma and flavor that will elevate your mixology skills to new heights.

You’ll find a mint alcohol drink that pleases any palate from the choices below so you don’t have to worry about picky drinkers when they come over.

Drinks with mint leaves only get the most oils when you slap your mint before adding it to your drink. The slapping motion releases a lot of the oils so they can mix into your drinks.

Pick out your favorite mint alcoholic drink from below and get ready to have your taste buds covered in refreshing flavors.

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1. Verdant Lady

This is a mint drink for refined palates who enjoy a well-balanced drink that requires a little more sophistication.

Serve this up in a coupe class so you can get the full experience and soak up the beautiful aromas that emanate from your drink.

The mix of gin and mint is a formidable combo but the addition of green chartreuse is what really gives this drink its kick.

This one is perfect for those summer nights when you want something refreshing but it doesn’t need to cool you off like during the day.

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2. Classic Mojito

You won’t find a mint mixed drink more well-known than the mojito. The classic combination of flavors has withstood the test of time and you’ll find this drink on summer bar menus across the nation.

There are only a handful of ingredients you’ll need, so mix them up and toss them in a highball glass with some ice and you’re good to go.

Just don’t forget to have some fresh mint leaves lying around so you can garnish them and make it feel like you’re at a cabana in Mexico.

If you have a ton of people over you can even prepare this in pitchers and stick it in the fridge so that anyone can have a second round without waiting around.

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3. Strawberry Mint Collins

This is a great chance to try a mint drink if you’ve never been into them before because this modern twist on the classic brings something new to the table.

It’s like a gin sour but the mint gives it a refreshing taste that compliments the strawberry taste really well.

It’s a drink that anyone can have and it doesn’t matter if you don’t normally like or drink alcohol because the strawberry flavor is enough to enjoy it for what it is.

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4. Classic Mint Julep

The mint julep is another classic summertime drink and it’s one of the easiest to prepare on this list.

All you need is some bourbon whiskey, mint simple syrup, mint leaf, and crushed ice.

You can basically toss all those ingredients in a pitcher and let it mix overnight or you can simply make it right before your party goes down and watch as people go crazy over your minty beverage.

This drink also goes well with a garnish if you’re the type to have the extra decoration around so people get the entire experience like they would at a bar.

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5. Berry Vodka Smash

A smash is a type of drink that’s a little stronger but it doesn’t matter if you use Grey Goose vodka or whiskey because they’re both going to bring something new to the table.

It’s a drink with fresh berries and some muddled mint leaves so it’ll have your taste buds tingling as soon as you take a sip.

The berries are what give this cocktail some flavor and you’ll find that the vodka and mint work really well together, especially considering how strong each sip is.

It’s a drink that’ll impress anyone who has it because there’s tons of flavor packed into one glass and not too many people can say they’ve tried something like this before.

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6. Gin Gin Mule

This might seem like a typical Moscow mule but you’ll find that there’s a little twist to make this drink quite refreshing.

The addition of mint leaves and sugar syrup really brings out the flavors of the gin and ginger beer so you know there won’t be any issues with watered-down drinks here.

The combination of Moscow mule and mojito is unlike any other cocktail and is super refreshing on a hot summer day over some fresh ice.

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7. Southside Fizz

If the southside cocktail is your kind of drink then you absolutely need to try this mint fizz cocktail because it brings all the flavors you love to a brand new level.

You’ll basically use all the same ingredients except you’ll be adding some club soda water to the mix to make this one of the most refreshing drinks on the list.

It’s the kind of mint drink where one is just never enough and it isn’t too boozy where you’ll have to watch how many you have.

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8. Southside Cocktail

You don’t actually have to be living on the southside to enjoy this one of a kind drink.

There’s nothing like a nice cocktail on a hot summer day and this drink is super refreshing and the mint really goes well with lime juice and gin flavors. You could even use mint syrup if you’re low on the real thing.

It’s one of those mint cocktail recipes you’ll find yourself making time and time again because you can’t get the flavors out of your mind.

This is another drink that you can make in pitchers if you want to serve your guests more than one round of drinks without having to spend too much time behind the bar. Just have a lime wedge on hand for garnishing the drinks.

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9. Watermelon Martini

Nothing says summer quite like the flavor of watermelon so adding it to your cocktails is a great idea.

It’s one of those mint cocktail recipes that you really need to try and it doesn’t matter if you’re having a barbecue in the backyard or throwing a pool party because people will love this drink.

There’s so much flavor packed in here and each sip brings something new to the table so people won’t be able to go without their glass being full.

Just make sure you have enough watermelon pieces sliced up as garnishes because it really takes the cocktail to a whole new level.

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10. Whiskey Smash

When whiskey and mint are mixed together you know it’s going to be full of flavor.

The sage flavors of the whiskey really shine through and you’ll find that it’s just as tasty as any other mint drink recipe on this list.

You can serve the whisky smash in a tall glass with some ice cubes and top it off with some fresh mint sprig.

It’s a muddled mint drink that you’ll bust out if you want something with a little more depth than a refreshing mojito.

It’s more of a nighttime summer drink when you still want something light but can also appreciate the different flavors it brings.

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11. Cucumber Mint Gimlet

The gimlet is a classic gin cocktail and you’ll find that the cucumber and mint really bring it together in a refreshing way.

It’s a cucumber mint cocktail that will leave an impression on anyone who tries it because it has the perfect mix of ingredients for warm summer days.

A summer pool party wouldn’t be the same without a cocktail with mint leaves and some cucumber slices.

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12. Old Cuban Cocktail

If you love a mojito then there’s no denying you’ll like the Old Cuban cocktail.

This is a more refined version of the mojito and you can even get creative by using different types of champagne to see which one brings the mix of flavors you prefer.

One thing is for sure, when you need something that has a bigger kick than a mojito, you need to bust out this mint cocktail recipe.

You can keep it simple with rum, champagne, and fresh mint leaves or you can use the champagne as a base and use different types of fruit juices to make it even more refreshing.

No matter what you do you’ll find that it’s one of those mint cocktails people will request again and again at any party you have.

The perfect way to muddle mint

In order to make the best mint cocktail, you’re going to have to muddle the mint before you actually serve the drink.

Muddling the mint helps to release all the oils so that your drink gets as much mint flavor as possible.

In a glass or cocktail shaker, throw some mint into the bottom and use a blunt-ended object to smash down the mint leaves.

Throw the rest of the ingredients in the cocktail shaker and pour into a glass when you’re finished.

Our BEST Mint Cocktails (+Classic Mojito)

These recipes are sure to please. So, gather your family and friends and enjoy. Let us know your thoughts!
5 from 8 votes
Total Time 14 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 275 kcal


  • 4 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 10-12 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedges
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  • Muddle together the lime wedges, sugar, and lime juice to release the oils from the mint.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.


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Calories: 275kcal
Keyword classic mojito, mint cocktails
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