The Kentucky Derby may be synonymous with bourbon-heavy Mint Juleps, but there are plenty of other mint-infused cocktails worthy of international spotlight. Whether you can’t shoot whiskey (good luck being BFFs with Carrie Underwood) or need to break away from tradition, we’ve rounded up 11 drinks (with racehorse-esque names, ironically) that will get you across the Happy Hour finish line.
1. Girl Scout Cookie
We won’t pretend that this tastes anything like a Thin Mint (because perfection is hard to imitate), but we’ll take any excuse to drink heavy cream mixed with boozy mint and chocolate. Get our Girl Scout Cookie recipe.
If you’re looking for something less sweet, but still fruity, look no further than the mighty apricot. You may need more than pitcher. This recipe Get our Apricot Whiskey Smash recipe.
High tea with Queen Elizabeth II would probably be a lot more entertaining with Tea and Whiskey Highballs. The orange and black tea-based cocktail jazzes up English tradition with the addition of scotch. Pinkies up! Get our Tea and Whiskey Highball recipe.
“Bi*!h better have my money green champagne,” – Rihanna, probably, if she knew what these mint and lime juice champagne concoctions tasted like. Get our Money Green Champagne recipe.
If you’re actually a fan of the Julep and are simply looking for a zesty twist, mix your bourbon and mint with some lemonade for a refreshing summertime treat. Get the recipe.
Planning a swanky summer dinner party? This drink reeks of sophistication. Who knew that elderflower and mint made such great BFFs? Get the recipe.