This summer I decided I was going to plant a little herb garden on my deck.  I planted mint and it’s growing really well, so I have a lot of mint.  I grow the mint mainly because I like to have it on hand when I want to make mojitos (I love mojitos).  But with all of the mint I have, I thought I should branch out a little bit.  Earlier this week I took some mint and lime juice and mixed it with some ginger ale and it was SO good.  It was super refreshing and a perfect soft drink to sip in the afternoon.

So yesterday, I started thinking about what I could come up with for a cocktail, other than a mojito, using mint.  What I ended up doing was taking the ginger ale mint soft drink another step and I added Jameson whiskey.  It was a perfect summertime sipper.  I’m not a huge fan of whiskey, but the mint and the lime really mellow out the flavor of the whiskey.

In the end, I have to say that this drink is equally good with or without the whiskey.  So whether you’re looking for a non-alcoholic afternoon sipper or something a little stronger at cocktail time, give this one a try.  You won’t be disappointed!


Ginger Mint  Sipper

  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson whiskey (optional)
  • several fresh mint leaves
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • ice cubes
  • regular or diet ginger ale (I used diet)

Pour Jameson into a tall glass (if using) and add mint leaves and lime juice.  With a spoon or a wooden muddler, crush up mint leaves so that their flavor comes out.

Add ice and pour in enough ginger ale to fill glass.


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