This is a bright and fresh mint and lemon spritzer, perfect for spring and heralding in gardening season.
The garden is coming back to life! This weekend I’ll be buying some tomato plants (finally), and all the rain has caused my carrots to finally get going. However, one thing that never really died is now back and better than ever: mint. I think that if I didn’t cut the runners back, we’d soon have a backyard full of mint instead of grass.
It’s definitely spring when you can use your garden to mix yourself a drink after all your hard work in the garden. What a way to reward yourself! For another great garden cocktail, check out this Cucumber Basil Gin Fizz!
I made a quick honey and lemon simple syrup by heating 1/2 C. honey with 1/2 C. water and adding the rind of one lemon. It’s best if you can let it sit out for awhile before use, but I just went and used it right away and it was still tasty.
Local Spotlight: This cocktail is loaded with locals! Prairie Wolf Vodka is out of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The honey is from the farmers market from some local bees, and the mint is from the backyard! Someday I may even have a Meyer lemon to use (oh but you should see my teeny tree).
I hope you #enJOY making this – relish in your afternoon with a light mint and lemon spritzer! May it brighten up the days of spring showers.
Mint and Lemon Spritzer (Cocktail)
- 2 T. fresh mint leaves
- 1 T. honey and lemon simple syrup
- 1-2 oz. vodka
- 1 T. lemon juice
- Club soda ginger ale or tonic
- lemon for garnish
Muddle mint leaves in a cocktail shaker.
Add in vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Add ice, close and shake the shaker.
Pour shaker contents over ice in a serving glass.
Finish off with club soda, ginger ale or tonic.
Garnish with a lemon wedge and mint sprig.