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Mix 'Em With Mint! 10 Refreshing Drinks That Aren't a Julep

May 1 2015 - 8:00am

When thinking of the Kentucky Derby [1], mint juleps [2] are probably on your radar. But if bourbon isn't your thing or you're just looking for something different, boy have we got the liquor list for you. From a kiwi-tequila cobbler to twists on classic cocktails, here are 10 refreshing drinks with mint to get you in the racing (and sipping) spirit.

Kiwi Cobbler

This refreshing kiwi cobbler cocktail [3] is perfect for those warm Spring days. Make it with mint, kiwi, and tequila, and either sip it on your porch or pack it for a picnic.


We're firm believers that a darn good mojito can take any day from drab to fab. This mint and rum cocktail [4] makes for one tantalizing concoction.

Strawberry-Bourbon Cobbler

If a mint julep is too strong for your tastes — it is, after all, mostly bourbon — but you're still looking to toast to the Derby with a bourbon bevvy, try this bright and fruity take on the bourbon and mint classic [5].


A Prohibition-era classic, the southside [6] is like sophisticated gin-and-mint spin on lemonade.


Gin-lovers will want to listen up, because we've got a stellar recipe for you. The bramble [7] is an unfussy gin, lemon, and berry mixture — think potent but with a tart and fruity taste.

Pimm's Cup

For daytime drinking, it doesn't get much better than a Pimm's Cup [8], a lower-alcohol (read: refreshing) mix of Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, mint, lemon, and cucumber.

Southern Exposure

Celery juice may be the ingenious ingredient that sets this Southern Exposure recipe [9] apart, but the aromatic oils from the mint are key, too.

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

We could have this limoncello Champagne cocktail [10] day or night. There is a little bit of work involved, because you'll have to purée the mint, lemon peel, and limoncello, but trust us when we say it's well worth it.

Garden and Tonic

It's hard to beat a classic gin and tonic when it comes to a delightful cocktail, but this variation [11] is far better if you ask us. The starring ingredients? Elderflower liqueur, mint, cucumber, and celery bitters.

Ginger, Mint, and Pomegranate Cocktail

This is one cocktail that's festive enough for any time of year. Combine mint, ginger, and pomegranate with vodka for a spritzy refreshment that's unexpected. Watch the video, and make the recipe [12] for instant invigoration.

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