#TipsyTuesday - Mint To Be

Nothing makes a summer cocktail more complete than adding mint to it. It's so refreshing and just adds a nice flavor that calls for wrap around porches with swing or a lazy day by the water. Either way, these cocktails are perfect to help you lounge around and make the most of your summer days.

Mojito

Ingredients

6 Mint Leaves

3/4 oz. Simple Syrup

3/4 oz. Lime Juice

1.5 oz. White Rum

1.5 oz. Club Soda

Make It

In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint.

Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice.

Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass.

Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

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Mint Julep

Ingredients

2 oz. Bourbon

8 Mint Leaves

1/4 oz. Simple Syrup

Make It

In a Julep cup or rocks glass, lightly muddle the mint and syrup.

Add the bourbon and pack tightly with crushed ice.

Stir until the cup is frosted on the outside.

Top with more crushed ice to form an ice dome and garnish with a few drops of bitters, if desired, and a mint sprig.

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Sunset Gold

Ingredients

4 oz. Karlsson's Gold Vodka

3 oz. Lemon Juice

2 oz. Mint Simple Syrup

Splash Club Soda

Make It

Add all the ingredients to a rocks glass, fill with crushed ice and stir.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

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Another thing I like to do when mint is used in a drinks is make a nice homemade mint simple syrup. The last drink calls for it and it can save time or really just add the mint flavor in teas or lemonades. To make the simple syrup you just need the following:

1 cup of sugar

1 cup os sugar

1 bunch of mint

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar is fully dissolved. Pour the syrup into a heatproof container filled with hand-crushed mint. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight; strain and discard mint. Mint syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

I hope these drinks and the idea of mint make your summer a good one! Cheers!

Ashley Stevenson