Mint Julep
Matt Taylor-Gross

There’s no herb more crucial to cocktailing than mint. For all its potency, the cooling, sweet leaf is exceedingly versatile in numerous styles of cocktails. Smash it with citrus in a bourbon refresher, muddle it with rum in a crushed-ice beauty, or shake it with cucumber in an herbal gin sipper. Whether you’re a fan of dark spirits or clear, mint can bring some freshness to your boozing. In fairweather months, mint is even more crucial: think juleps, swizzles, and our favorite tropical and tiki drinks.


Sweet Talking Son Cocktail

A cross between a sazerac and a whiskey smash, this cocktail recipe by Suffolk Arms head bartender Caitlin Ryan highlights the versatility of Copper & Kings American Craft Brandy, a brandy made in the American bourbon tradition. Unbeknownst to many, the traditional sazerac recipe called for brandy, as opposed to rye. Playing off Copper & Kings’ musical ethos—all barrels are sonically-aged, with music used to agitate the spirit—the name of the cocktail comes from a line in Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Get the recipe for Sweet Talking Son Cocktail >>

The Verbena and Mint

Bar manager Jon di Pinto of Street ADL in Adelaide, South Australia, combines lemon verbena and gin for a crisp, refreshing summer cocktail. Get the recipe for The Verbena and Mint »

Gin-Gin Mule

This Moscow Mule variation is made with gin and mint. Get the recipe for Gin-Gin Mule
Cachaca Rio Julep Cocktail

Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Muddled strawberries and mint star in this refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »

The Saint

This white wine-based cocktail from Brooklyn, New York’s Café Moto starts off summery, with the aromas of fresh basil and mint and an effervescent topper of club soda. Get the recipe for The Saint »

Devil’s Garden

At first sip, lime juice and fresh mint refresh the taste buds, but soon the smoky and spicy undertones of chipotle-infused mezcal creep over the palate. A touch of Cynar, an unusual liqueur made from artichokes, adds a veil of mystery. Get the recipe for Devil’s Garden »

Strawberry Rhubarb Smash

Sweet rhubarb syrup, strawberry and fresh mint combine with bourbon for a delicious spring-appropriate cocktail. Get the recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Smash »

Strawberry Moonshine Julep

White whiskey takes the place of bourbon in this summery interpretation of a julep. Get the recipe for Strawberry Moonshine Julep »

Chartreuse Smash

This sweet (but not too sweet) cocktail is a terrific vehicle for Chartreuse; when we tested it, it converted even the most adamant opponents to the herbal, bright-green liqueur. Get the recipe for Chartreuse Smash »

Billy’s A Team

Inspired by Moneyball, this refreshing herbal drink gets it’s money-green hue from muddled mint and basil. Get the recipe for Billy’s A Team »

Kentucky vs. Morocco Cocktail

This true tin-cup mint julep, from Toronto gastropub The Black Hoof, has a serious spice-bazaar kick. Get the recipe for Kentucky vs. Morocco Cocktail »

Pineapple Mojito

This twist on a mojito combines pineapple- and coconut-infused rum with fresh pineapple and mint for a fruity, vacation-inspired drink. Get the recipe for Pineapple Mojito »

The Wild Ruffian

Inspired by a recipe developed by mixologist Lynn House of the Chicago restaurant Blackbird, this is an ideal cocktail to show off the fruity side of Cognac. Peach preserves meld beautifully with the spirit’s soft sweetness, while mint adds a bright finish. Get the recipe for The Wild Ruffian »

Swedish Mint Julep

In addition to using caraway and dill—the most traditional flavors for aquavit—in Sweden, home cooks make the spirit with an infinite variety of spices, herbs, and other flavorful botanicals. Get the recipe for Swedish Mint Julep

The Poddington Pea

Peas might seem out of place in a drink, but their vegetal sweetness is perfect for this basil-gin cocktail. Get the recipe for The Poddington Pea

Fresh Mint Simple Syrup

The ultimate in freshness, use this syrup to freshen a glass of lemon- or limeade, or whip it into cream for a dessert topping. Get the recipe for Fresh Mint Simple Syrup