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Bourbon Mint Lemonade Cocktail

This bourbon mint lemonade cocktail is a bit tart, a bit sweet, and oh-so-delicious. Made with only a handful of simple and fresh ingredients.

Course Drinks
Keyword cocktail, lemonade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • ½ cup granulated sugar plus extra for rimming glasses
  • ½ cup cold filtered water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 4 lemons
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • 4 ounces bourbon (adjust to preference)
  • sparkling water
  • small ice cubes
  • 2 lemon slices, halved for garnish
  • 4 fresh mint sprigs for garnish


  1. Add granulated sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk occasionally until sugar completely dissolves. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir in lemon juice and chopped mint. Allow to completely cool in refrigerator (at least 20 minutes). Pour over strainer to remove mint.

  3. To rim each glass (4 in total), run lemon slice or wedge along top. Place sugar on small plate and dip each glass in a circular motion until covered.

  4. Evenly divide strained lemon mixture between glasses. Add 1 ounce (or more) of bourbon to each.

  5. Top each glass with a handful of ice cubes, followed by sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slice and sprig of mint.

Recipe Notes

  • Play around with measurements to craft your perfect cocktail. More bourbon? More simple syrup? You get the picture!
  • Be sure to use a good quality bourbon. 
  • If you want to make a pitcher instead, simply add all ingredients instead of dividing between glasses. I still suggest rimming glasses to balance out the tartness of the lemon. Either add the garnishes directly to the pitcher or have them in a bowl beside the glasses.
  • For larger gatherings, double or triple the recipe. I suggest making the lemon, mint and syrup mixture ahead of time and keeping in the refrigerator until needed. Even the day before works!