Picture this: You're sitting on a white-sand beach in Cuba sipping on a minty mojito. The salty breeze and cold beverage cool you off as you bask in the Caribbean sun on a cloudless spring day. The ice clinks in your glass as you take a sip and turn the page on the beach-friendly book you're currently reading.
Now, odds are you can't drop everything to board a flight to Cuba and turn this vision into a reality, but you can transport your taste buds to the locale. Spanning a spring-inspired twist on the classic Cuban beverage to a blueberry mojito complete with lavender syrup, these mint cocktails are the next best thing to packing your bags for paradise. The best part? You won't have to wait in a long TSA security line to get there.
Rhubarb Mint Mojito
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. This minty cocktail requires making your own rhubarb-infused simple syrup. But don't stress—recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery walks you through the process, step by step, in this recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The rhubarb. This herbaceous perennial lends a bright pink hue to this seasonally appropriate adult beverage.
Serving Tip: Use a vegetable peeler to cut ribbons of rhubarb for a spiraled garnish.
Level of Difficulty: Easy. Seriously, this recipe couldn't be easier. Simply add the ingredients to a glass, muddle, add ice and bourbon and lemon juice, and serve.
Hero Ingredient: The sweet, ripe, juicy peaches. Recipe creator Sarah of Broma Bakery describes the sensation of enjoying this cocktail best: "One sip and you'll feel like you're sitting on a porch at sunset."
Serving Tip: Cut a peach into wedges, and save a few sprigs of mint to garnish.
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. Mixing up this cocktail recipe includes making a hibiscus-infused simple syrup (which means tracking down dried hibiscus flowers). But once you have all the ingredients, it comes together relatively easily.
Hero Ingredient: The kombucha. Boasting numerous health benefits, the fermented beverage is deemed "the immortal health elixir" by the Chinese, notes recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Serving Tip: Save a few sprigs of mint and dried hibiscus flowers for garnishing.
Minted Orange and Strawberry Coolers
Level of Difficulty: Easy. A pitcher full of this spring cocktail comes together in just 10 minutes, notes recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest.
Hero Ingredient: The strawberries. When muddled, this sweet berry's flavor really shines and isn't overpowered by the flavors of herbaceous mint and tangy orange juice.
Serving Tip: Stir in fresh rose petals to give this cocktail even more of a springy vibe.
Blueberry Mojito With Lavender Syrup
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. You'll need to get out a saucepan to make a lavender-infused simple syrup for this one. Recipe creator Jessica of How Sweet Eats breaks it down for you in this recipe.
Hero Ingredient: The lavender-infused simple syrup. Trust us—this delicate, floral goodness is worth the extra effort it takes to make.
Serving Tip: Top each beverage with a few fresh blueberries, a sprig of mint, and a lavender cutting for a festive presentation.