There are many varieties of mint, some more powerful than others. Common mint is what you generally find in the market, but if you’re shopping at a farmers market, you may find spearmint (pretty powerful), lemon mint and a host of others. We have at least four varieties growing right outside our kitchen door, so we can easily grab handfuls every time we come in from the barn or garden.

This recipe is so simple that we hesitate to call it a recipe. But it’s such a simple delight of summer, and something we make fairly often. So we won’t call it a recipe…more like a reminder to slow down and enjoy your summer evenings.


Mint Syrup

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed torn fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Mint-Lemon Cooler (for 1 drink)

  • ¼ cup mint syrup
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sparkling water

Additional Information

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 5m


For the mint syrup

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and mint, and using a wooden spoon, crush, the leaves with the sugar. Add the water and salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cover, and let steep until the syrup reaches room temperature. Strain and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the cooler

In a tumbler, combine the syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Serve immediately.


Add a little bourbon to your Mint-Lemon Cooler and this could easily become your Kentucky Derby day drink.

This recipe can be found in our Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.

by Josh and Brent

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Lisa Steele

Perfect timing! We’re having guests for the 4th. I will be whipping up a batch of this. So glad you added the bourbon addendum!