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11 Mint Cocktails That Break From the Julep Mold

Because the best libations have just a hint of mint.
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Kentucky Derby festivities are great but not everyone is a fan of the race's official cocktail, the Mint Julep. Whether you are searching for festive Derby alternative or a refreshing springtime tipple, we've rounded up the best mint cocktails that are fantastic alternatives to the drink of choice at Churchill Downs. From mouthwatering mojitos to satisfying southsides, here are 11 recipes for a delicious mint cocktail.

1. Classic Mint Mojito


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Ingredients:
1.5 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)
1 tsp finely granulated sugar
3 mint leaves
2 oz white rum
Club soda or seltzer

Instructions:
Muddle the lime juice with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar and mint leaves. Fill the glass about 2/3 with ice and add rum. Garnish with used lime and and top off with club soda or seltzer.

More: 19 Mojito Recipes That Put a Spin on the Refreshing Classic

2. Grasshopper


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Ingredients:
1 oz green crème de menthe 
1 oz white crème de cacao 
.25 oz Branca Menta
1.5 oz heavy cream

Instructions:
Shake and double strain, serve in a Nick & Nora glass with grated Valrhona chocolate for garnish.

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Recipe courtesy of Naren Young at Dante in New York City.

3. Southside


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Ingredients: 
1.25 oz Tanqueray no. ten 
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
6-8 fresh mint leaves
Fresh sprig of mint

Instructions: 
Muddle fresh mint leaves in simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Tanqueray and lime juice. Shake well and pour into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with fresh mint sprig.

Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray.

4. Johnnie's Cuban Soda


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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black 
4.5 oz coconut soda 
Ice cubes made from coconut water
Lime wheels
Mint sprigs 

Instructions: 
Place coconut water ice cubes in a soda glass. Add 2-3 lime wheels in the glass. Pour in Johnnie Walker Black and top with coconut soda. Garnish with mint and lime.

Recipe courtesy of Daniel Guillen.

5. Lady Kombucha Cooler


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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint 
1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced
3 oz Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha

Instructions:
Add the vodka and lemon juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and lemon twist.

Recipe courtesy of Ketel One.

6. The Derby


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Ingredients:
1 oz Hendricks gin 
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
Handful of mint leaves 
Seltzer (to top)

Instructions: 
Muddle cucumber and mint. Add Hendricks, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake. Strain into a highball glass and top with seltzer. Garnish with slices of mint leaves and cucumber.

Recipe courtesy of Yaliza Burgos at LeGrande at the Time New York.

7. Maid in Scotland


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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Singleton 12 year single malt scotch 
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
3 slices of cucumber 
3 to 4 mint leaves

Instructions: 
Add all ingredients into a shaker, gently muddle the cucumber and mint. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with cucumber and mint.

Recipe courtesy of Singleton 12.

8. Game, Set, Matcha


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Ingredients:
1 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila 
4 oz unsweetened cashew milk 
2-3 sprigs of fresh mint 
1 tsp matcha tea powder
.75 oz organic raw honey

Instructions: 
Add matcha and 2 oz of the cashew milk to a cocktail shaker. Whisk until the powder has been well incorporated into the milk. Add the tequila, remaining cashew milk, mint sprigs, honey, and ice. Shake well and strain into a highball glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh mint.

Recipe courtesy of Mixologist Ben Scorah.

9. Cucumber-Mint Cooler


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Ingredients: 
1 small cucumber, cut into thin rounds
1 (2 inch) knob ginger, peeled and cut into thin slices
4 sprigs mint 
2 lime wedges
2 oz Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint Vodka 
6 oz sparkling water

Instructions:

In a large glass add the cucumber, ginger, 2 mint sprigs, lime, and vodka and muddle together until all the essential oils are released. Strain into a new glass filled with ice. Finish with sparkling water and garnish with 2 sprigs of mint and any additional cucumbers or limes.

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Recipe courtesy of Ketel One Botanical

10. Pear Mojito


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Ingredients: 
1.5oz Buchanan's Deluxe 12-year old scotch 
1 oz pear juice
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 bunch of mint leaves

Instructions: 
Muddle mint sprigs with simple syrup and lemon juice. Add Buchanan's deluxe scotch and pour into a highball glass over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and a pear slice.

Recipe courtesy of Buchanan's Deluxe.

11. Garden of Green


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Ingredients: 
1.5 oz Ketel One vodka 
5 leaves of apple mint 
.5 oz snap pea reduction 
.5 oz lemon juice
Splash of soda water
Small handful of micro mizuna

Instructions for snap pea reduction:
Juice or blend the peas with water and then fine strain.

Instructions: 
Tear apple mint leaves and place into mason jar. Add all ingredients except the soda water. Add ice and cap the jar. Shake vigorously. Open the top and add a splash of soda water. Garnish with micro mizun and serve from mason jar.

Recipe courtesy of Ketel One.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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