Memorial Day weekend snuck up on me once again. Do you all have huge strategies? I hope so. I’m envisioning that you will be gallivanting around a lake, possibly drinking mixed drinks on a private yacht or at minimum, drinking clinking beverages on a patio area whilst rocking a set of white slim denims.

Possibly I can achieve the latter, however I’ll most likely invest the majority of the weekend working, as typical. I have some enthusiastic blog site jobs in the works that I can’t wait to show you all.

lemons, limes and agave nectar

This “bootleg mixed drink” will absolutely be my summertime beverage and I hope it becomes yours. I found the bootleg at Brit’s Club in Minneapolis when I went out for an after-dinner beverage with Erin and Taylor. It was a cold spring night, however I could not withstand the bar’s signature beverage, which was a summery-sounding lemon and mint beverage. I bought my own with bourbon for some heat and, on very first sip, understood that I needed to recreate it on the blog site.

Juiced lemons and limes -

Essentially, if increased lemonade and a mojito clashed in a mixer, you would wind up with a bootleg. Fresh mint leaves are combined together with fresh lemon and lime juice and natural sweetener. A lot of bootleg blends usage frozen lemonade/limeade concentrate, however I made my own fresh. As soon as you have your bootleg mix, simply fill a glass with ice and gather equivalent parts mix, alcohol of option and carbonated soda water.

You absolutely wish to serve this beverage with a straw, which will act as a stirring gadget and assist you prevent the uncomfortable mint-bits-stuck-on-teeth thing. I suggest mixing up your mint better than I performed in the images, however even then, you’ll require to offer the beverage a stir every now to rearrange the mint. That belongs to the beverage’s appeal, truly. It’s a clinky summertime sipper.

Limes remain in brief supply today, so do not hesitate to include extra lemon juice rather of the lime. My portable citrus juicer gets every last little bit of juice out of lemons and limes, so none goes to squander. Beware with this beverage– the vibrant lemon-lime taste masks the taste of alcohol so well, it’s simple to forget that you’re drinking on a strong mixed drink!

blended mint lemonade

Bootleg cocktail (natural lemonade blended with mint and liquor!) -

The Bootleg Mixed Drink

  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Overall Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Classification: Mixed Drink

5 from 3 evaluations

The Bootleg comes from Minneapolis. It’s a rejuvenating mixed drink made with naturally sweetened lemon-limeade combined with mint, plus gin, vodka or bourbon and soda water. Do not hesitate to change the quantity of sweetener and mint to fit your choices. You can leave out the alcohol for a wonderful, minty lemonade.


Bootleg mix: lemon/limeade combined with mint, yields enough blend for 4 beverages

  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 big lemons, juiced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 1 big or 2 medium limes, juiced) or extra lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup light agave nectar or walking stick sugar or honey *
  • 2 loaded tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Per beverage (note: 2 ounces is 1/4 cup)

  • 2 ounces bootleg mix
  • 2 ounces gin, vodka or bourbon
  • 2 ounces soda water


  1. To make the bootleg mix: Juice the lemons and limes into a liquid measuring cup. Include sweetener. Put the juice and sweetener into a mixer. Include 2 securely jam-packed tablespoons of fresh mint leaves. Mix completely, up until the mint is is gotten into teeny little bits.
  2. To make the beverages: Fill mixed drink glasses with ice. For each beverage, gather 2 ounces of your bootleg mix, plus 2 ounces of your alcohol of option and top with 2 ounces soda water. Serve with a straw, which functions as a stirring gadget.


Dish motivated by Brit’s Club in Minneapolis. Dish produced with assistance from The Bootleg: Minnesota’s signature country-club mixed drink on City Pages.
* I lacked agave nectar as I was making these beverages, so I utilized 2 tablespoons agave nectar and 2 tablespoons walking stick sugar. You might likewise utilize honey, however your beverages will have a strong honey taste. I chose a more neutral sweetener here.
Storage suggestion: The bootleg mix will keep for a number of days in the fridge, however is finest served instantly.

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