POPSUGAR Celebrity

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

May 2 2014 - 5:30am

With the Kentucky Derby coming up this weekend, mint juleps [1] 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 [2] 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.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


We're firm believers that a darn good mojito can take any day from drab to fab. This mint and rum cocktail [3] makes for one tantalizing concoction.

Photo: Nicole Perry

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 [4].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts


A Prohibition-era classic, the southside [5] is like sophisticated gin-and-mint spin on lemonade.

Photo: Nicole Perry


Gin-lovers will want to listen up, because we've got a stellar recipe for you. The bramble [6] is an unfussy gin, lemon, and berry mixture — think potent but with a tart and fruity taste.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Pimm's Cup

For daytime drinking, it doesn't get much better than a Pimm's Cup [7], a lower-alcohol (read: refreshing) mix of Pimm's No. 1, ginger ale, mint, lemon, and cucumber.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Southern Exposure

Celery juice may be the ingenious ingredient that sets this Southern Exposure recipe [8] apart, but the aromatic oils from the mint are key, too.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Limoncello Champagne Cocktail

We could have this limoncello Champagne cocktail [9] 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.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Garden and Tonic

It's hard to beat a classic gin and tonic when it comes to a delightful cocktail, but this variation [10] is far better if you ask us. The starring ingredients? Elderflower liqueur, mint, cucumber, and celery bitters.

Photo: Susannah Chen

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 [11] for instant invigoration.

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