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Here are all the best fresh mint cocktails to try! This herb adds the best flavor to classics like the Mojito, Julep, Southside, and more.

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Got a load of fresh mint? Let’s make cocktails! Mint is hands down the most popular herb to use in cocktails because it adds a unique freshness to every sip. There are two ways to add mint to cocktails. You can muddle it in a cocktail shaker before mixing the drink (the standard method). Or, you can use a homemade mint simple syrup. Either way, the flavor adds a huge pop of herbaceous freshness!

Here are all the best mint cocktails to make using this beautiful herb! There are famous classics like the Mojito and Julep, and lesser known but equally as delicious Southside and Whiskey Smash. Editorial note: the herbaceous undertones make these are some of our favorite cocktails out there (and that’s saying something, with hundreds to choose from).

And now…the top mint cocktails worth making!

The right way to muddle mint

Many of the mint cocktails above require muddling the mint before making the drink. Muddling means gently mashing the herb to release its juices. This helps the flavors incorporate better into the drink. There are a few tips to the right way to muddle mint:

  • Step 1: Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. (If you don’t have one, you can use a large metal cup or bowl.)
  • Step 2: Using a wooden cocktail muddler or unfinished wooden spoon, gently mash the mint a few times to release the juices. The key to muddling is a light touch, so don’t go overboard. That’s it! Then mix up your cocktail and enjoy.
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Mojito Cocktail

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The most classic mint cocktail of all time? The Mojito! This iconic Cuban cocktail is perfectly balanced and just sweet enough.


  • 3 mint leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoonsimple syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) white rum
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) soda water


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lime juice and syrup. (Here’s how to muddle mint.)
  2. Add the rum and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Place ice into a glass, and strain in the liquid. Top off the glass with soda water. Garnish with additional mint leaves.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Charron Daughtry says:

    Love mint. Only mint drink. I ever had was called the grasshopper. Been trying to get a mint julep. I’m from MA don’t do them here.

    Went to Savannah, and Hilton Head only make
    them douring derbys. Plus, I’m disabled can’t run around to different locations to hunt one down.

    Maybe try a home kit one day…