While mint can technically be available year-round, it is much more accessible in the summer. Mint pairs perfectly with many summertime cocktails because it is so light and refreshing. When many think of mint cocktails, they automatically go to mojitos. While there’s no denying that the mojito is an amazing summer drink, it is just one of many that incorporate the use of mint. If you are looking to branch out with your mint-infused cocktail choices this summer, know that there are plenty to try. Here are our choices for the most fun summer drinks that feature mint beyond the mojitos.
This is a classic that should never be underestimated or forgotten. And you shouldn’t limit it to the Kentucky Derby, either. We like to use bourbon, mint, and simple syrup with a dash of bitters—and, of course, a garnish of fresh mint.
Revive an old 1880s mint favorite this summer. A distant cousin to the Mint Julep is the Whiskey Smash—a similar concoction with a citrus twist. Start with whiskey and add lemon, fresh mint, and a bit of your favorite sweetener. Serve over crushed ice. What we love about the Whiskey Smash is that you can use it with your favorite summer fruits and herbs as they come into harvest. Try blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, basil, and more. You can also swap out the whiskey for vodka or bourbon if you want to experiment a bit further.
To prepare for a summertime South Side cocktail, grab your cocktail shaker and add some ice. Chill your favorite martini glass as you prep. Pour gin, fresh lime, simple syrup, and fresh mint into the shaker. Vigorously shake before straining into the martini glass. Float more fresh mint on top for the perfect South Side.
What’s better than a margarita in the summer? A spicy, mint margarita in the summer, of course. The Jalapeño Mint Margarita adds a kicked-ed notch to a refreshing summertime favorite. Start with jalapeño-infused tequila and add fresh mint, fresh lime, agave nectar, and ice. Be sure to use pink Himalayan salt to rim your margarita glass.
The Maid in Scotland is perfect if you’re looking for something crisp this season. Choose a 12-year single malt scotch and add lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices, and mint leaves. Don’t forget to shake.
This blended minty favorite doubles as a dessert and only requires three ingredients plus ice: creme de menthe, white creme de cacao, and heavy cream. It’s simple and delicious. We love it as an adult summer treat—perfect for hanging out on a warm summer night on the deck, porch, or patio after a barbeque.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to mint in your summertime cocktails. Grab some fresh mint and experiment using your own creativity, or try our suggestions from the list above. Be sure to stop in at Payless Liquors and check out what we have in stock, or use our convenient pre-order and curbside pick-up options.
Brunch is always a fun time, but that is especially true in the summer months, where you can venture around and enjoy the sunshine outdoors. When people think of brunch, the typical cocktail selections usually consist of bloody marys or mimosas. While these are solid brunch choices, there are so many other options out there to try, too. Don’t overlook the brunch must-haves on this list. These awesome cocktails are sure to impress your guests and get the party started.
This is a great brunch take on the French 75, which substitutes cognac for gin. Combine cognac with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. All you need to do is then shake it and strain it into a champagne flute. Top with a healthy pour of your favorite extra dry champagne and a lemon peel garnish.
Bourbon and orange will pack the right punch to get your brunch soiree off to a strong start. The Seelbach is much stiffer than your standard champagne cocktail. You start with curaçao and bourbon in a champagne flute. Then add bitters and top with sparkling wine.
There are plenty of ways to booze up lemonade, but we like using light rum and a dry, oaky chardonnay. Start with a simple homemade lemonade to impress your brunch guests (consider keeping some of it aside for non-drinkers and anyone underage; it’s a great non-alcoholic brunch beverage offering). Upgrade the rest of the lemonade to a sangria lemonade, adding fresh raspberries, sliced oranges, and granny smith apples. Be sure to chill it in the fridge for at least an hour before you serve for best results.
No list of brunch cocktails would be complete without a spin on the classic mimosa. We love a good raspberry mimosa in the summer. Feel free to use blackberries, cherries, or blueberries as a substitution. The berries are fresh and you can get them local, so they’re a perfect addition to brunch. Make your own raspberry sorbet if you want to get fancy, or buy it in-store. Many recipes call for sparkling Moscato, but we prefer using a brut or extra dry champagne to balance out the sweetness of the Chambord.
To create a raspberry mimosa, drop a scoop of the sorbet into the champagne glass (with a sugar rim) and top with Chambord. Add your sparkly of choice and top with fresh berries.
This one is like a Moscow Mule but with a mimosa twist. Instead of ginger beer, this recipe calls for champagne. Combine vodka, champagne, fresh lime, and a splash of ginger liquor for a perfect brunch addition. Don’t forget the fresh lime and mint for the garnish.
We hope that something on our list of brunch favorites piqued your interest. Always remember that when you serve stronger drinks like these at brunch, you should include appetizers, too. Stop into stock up on everything you need for hosting your next brunch. Your guests will love something a little different!