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This is my official drink of summer. I’m calling it now. Imagine sitting on your back porch, watching the bunnies munching on some clover, sprinklers on the lawn, and everything is green around you. And you’re sipping an ice cold glass of bourbon mint lemonade.

Now that’s a day I can get behind.

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But don’t let the summer visions limit you. This drink is refreshing enough for the hottest of hot summer days. But it’s also warming, the bourbon surrounding all your insides with its sweet glow. It’s perfect for watching those summer thunderstorms roll on through, or the breezy evenings catching up around a fire pit (maybe while eating some banana boat sundaes?).

I’ve always thought that adding bourbon to lemonade is the perfect way to bring a little buzz into a classic summer treat. Adding mint just felt like a natural progression. And it’s an instant winner. The mint is fresh. The lemons are bright. The sugar is inviting. And the bourbon is cozy.

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5 from 2 votes

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

A sweet and refreshing summer cocktail, using bourbon, fresh mint and lemons, and a splash of soda.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Steeping Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 147kcal

Ingredients

Mint Infused Lemonade

  • 4-7 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 15-18 Mint Leaves freshly picked
  • 1 Cup Lemon Juice (about 4-5 large freshly squeezed lemons)

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

  • 2 Oz Mint Infused Lemonade
  • 2 Oz Bourbon
  • Ice
  • 2 Mint Leaves for garnish
  • 1 Lemon Slice for garnish
  • 1 splash Club Soda

Instructions

Mint Infused Lemonade

  • Add one cup of water, the sugar, and 10-12 of the mint leaves (tearing in quarters just before adding) to a small saucepan. Heat on medium high, stirring regularly until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat, and let it sit for about an hour.
  • In a 2-liter pitcher, add the mint syrup you just made to the lemon juice and 3 cups of cold water. Stir well and then taste. Add more cold water as needed. I usually use between 5 and 6 cups.
  • Add the rest of the mint leaves, tearing in half just before adding. Store in the fridge until chilled, about an hour or more.

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

  • Add the bourbon, mint lemonade, and ice to a shaker and mix until combined. Strain over fresh ice into a double old fashioned glass. Add a splash of club soda and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and fresh mint leaves.

Notes

Make Ahead Tip: The lemonade can be made up to 4 or 5 days in advance and kept in the fridge. The longer it sits, the mintier it will be.
Alcohol Free Version: Skip the bourbon. Serve the lemonade by itself fresh out of the fridge, or with a splash of soda. Ice is optional. For a little more depth, add a splash of ginger ale instead of soda. 
Other Fun Versions: 
  • Add a teaspoon of flavored syrup, like strawberry or raspberry.
  • Try making the simple syrup with basil instead of mint.
  • Make it a limeade, with fresh lime juice instead of lemons.

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14 thoughts on “Bourbon Mint Lemonade

  1. This kind of drink sounds right up my alley. I could use a refreshing minty lemonade beverage – and add bourbon for the right kick! Yum!

  2. Yes, this sounds great! I still have about half a bottle of bourbon but haven’t been sure what to do with it (I’m not a huge fan of just drinking it on the rocks). This would be a great use for it!

    1. I have plenty of ideas for bourbon cocktails if you need more! It’s my favorite liquor, so I love drinking it in any form.

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