Ginger, Mint, and Bourbon Cocktail

I’m not sure what time it is where you are, but around here its cocktail time!  Graham finished up his first year as an assistant professor, and we are celebrating by having cocktails and going on vacation!

I’ve been really into the combination of mint and ginger lately, so I decided to try my hand at combining these flavors in a cocktail.  I wasn’t super precise when I was putting together this drink, so you may have to experiment a little to figure out what works for you.  The ginger simple syrup is definitely worth making, and would probably be good in lots of other drinks too.   Enjoy, and we’ll be back in a few weeks with more recipes!

Ginger, Mint, and Bourbon Cocktail

  • 6-7 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 fl oz ginger simple syrup
  • 2 fl oz bourbon
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water

 Put the mint leaves and ginger simple syrup into a large glass and muddle them together (I don’t have a muddler, so I used a long wooden spoon to crush the leaves into the syrup at the bottom of the glass).   Add the bourbon and squeeze in a little fresh lemon juice (I think I squeezed in the juice from about a quarter of a medium-sized lemon).  Add ice to the glass and top with sparkling water.

Tasty Easy Healthy Green Recipe Ratings:

Recipe Report Card Notes About Recipe Ratings

Tasty Rating


Four Chefs (Delicious!)

I’m liking the combination of ginger and mint.

Easy Rating


Four Easy Chairs (“ABC, Easy as 123…”)

I never realized how easy it is to make a simple syrup, and once that’s made, this recipe is a snap.

Healthy Rating


One Apple (This Might Take A Year Off Your Life!)

Sugar and alcohol are not the healthiest combination—definitely drink this beverage in moderation (I know, this rating is kind of a buzzkill).

Green Rating


Three Leaves (Average Environmental Friendliness)

The ginger and sugar for the simple syrup were organic and the mint was from our garden. The rest was neither organic nor local.
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