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The Power of Mint in 6 Summertime Cocktails

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.


Mint Julep

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.


Whiskey Smash

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.

South Side

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.


Jalapeño Mint Margarita

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.


Maid in Scotland

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.