Minted Man Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Minted Man is a refreshing cocktail that has its roots in the classic vodka-based drinks. It's a hit among those who appreciate a twist on the traditional vodka soda with a hint of garden freshness.

  • Origin: The exact origin is a bit of a mystery, but it's a modern take on vodka cocktails.
  • Popularity: It's become popular in upscale bars for its simplicity and elegance.
  • Fans: This drink is a favorite among those who prefer lighter cocktails with a herbal note.

How Minted Man Tastes?

The Minted Man offers a crisp and invigorating taste. The fresh mint leaves provide a cool, herbal undertone, while the lime juice adds a zesty, sour kick. The simple syrup balances the acidity with a subtle sweetness, and the vodka gives it a smooth, strong backbone. The club soda introduces a bubbly lightness, making it an overall refreshing cocktail.

Interesting facts about Minted Man

  • The Minted Man is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round, but it's especially popular in the summer months.
  • Mint is not only flavorful but also has digestive properties, making this cocktail a good choice after a meal.
  • Despite its simplicity, the Minted Man allows for a lot of creativity, as bartenders can infuse the vodka with different flavors or use various types of mint.


A few good options for Minted Man are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Ketel One Vodka

With a smooth and crisp character, Ketel One Vodka is the backbone of our 'Minted Man'. At 1.75oz, it provides just enough kick without making the cocktail too boozy or overshadowing the freshness of the other ingredients. Less vodka and you might as well be sipping on a mocktail; more, and you'd risk a knockout punch rather than a refreshing sip.

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Lime Juice

Lime Juice adds a zesty punch! At 0.75oz, it's the perfect amount to balance the sweetness of the syrup and the bite of the vodka. Too little, and the cocktail turns timid. Too much, and you'll pucker up more than desired. Fresh is always best – bottled juice just doesn't do the trick!

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup keeps things sweet at 0.75oz. If we skimp on it, the drink could become a sour affair. But drown it in syrup, and you'll miss out on the refreshing sharpness of the lime and mint. It's like a sweet symphony with vodka being the maestro.

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Mint Leaves

Eight Mint Leaves might seem specific, but it's the sweet spot for minty bliss. Too few leaves and you'll wonder where the mint went; too many and you'll feel like you're sipping on a herb garden. Muddling releases the oils, without turning your drink into a leafy soup.

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Club Soda

1.75oz of Club Soda gives our 'Minted Man' its life and effervescence. If we cut it down, the cocktail may seem flat; too much, and we've got a lightly flavored soda. It's all about finding that effervescent equilibrium.

Emma Rose

Mint Sprig

Finally, the Mint Sprig... the ultimate garnish. It doesn't just look pretty; giving it a gentle clap between your palms releases oils and aromas that invite your nose to the party, your taste buds will RSVP 'Yes!'.

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Recipe. How to make Minted Man Drink

  1. Muddle: In a rocks glass, gently muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup and lime juice.
  2. Mix: Add the Ketel One Vodka to the muddled mixture.
  3. Ice: Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  4. Top Up: Pour the club soda over the ice.
  5. Garnish: Gently clap the mint sprig to release its aroma and place it on top as a garnish.

Pro Tips

  • Mint: When muddling the mint, be gentle to avoid bitterness from over-crushing the leaves.
  • Chill: Serve the cocktail in a chilled glass to keep it extra refreshing.
  • Balance: Adjust the sweetness and sourness to your taste by varying the amounts of simple syrup and lime juice.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The crisp and refreshing nature of the 'Minted Man' pairs excellently with seafood, especially lighter dishes like ceviche or shrimp cocktail, as the citrus and minty notes complement the oceanic flavors.
  • Poultry: Try this cocktail with grilled chicken or turkey sandwiches. The acidity will cut through the fats beautifully, and the herbs will resonate with the mint garnish.
  • Salads: An arugula or fresh spring mix salad with a vinaigrette dressing will match the fresh, zesty character of this drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Water: To keep the palate cleansed between sips, plain or sparkling water is always a good accompaniment.
  • White Wine: For a drink pairing, a light Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio can go well before or after the 'Minted Man' without overpowering the palate.

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What you could change in Minted Man

  • Vodka: If Ketel One is not available, any high-quality vodka like Grey Goose or Belvedere will do.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used for a different kind of sweetness.
  • Club Soda: Sparkling mineral water can be a substitute for a more mineral taste.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cucumber Minted Man

  • Replace half of the simple syrup with cucumber juice.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and a mint sprig.

By adding cucumber juice, we introduce a garden-fresh twist to our 'Minted Man'. The cucumber's crispness further enhances the refreshing quality, while the reduced syrup makes it even more sessionable.

Spicy Minted Man

  • Muddle a thin slice of jalapeño with the mint leaves.

This twist will kick things up a notch. The jalapeño will add a fiery element to the drink, contrasting the freshness of the mint and depth of the vodka. It's like a flavor fiesta in your mouth where sweet meets heat.

Fruity Minted Man

  • Add 0.5oz of raspberry puree to the mix.
  • Use basil instead of mint for a unique twist.

This variation adds a fruity punch and a hint of sweetness from the raspberry puree. The basil also adds an interesting twist, creating a more complex, herbaceous cocktail with a summery vibe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Minted Man

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Minted Man

Can I use a different type of mint for the Minted Man cocktail?

Yes, there are several varieties of mint you can use, such as spearmint or peppermint. Each type will offer a slightly different flavor profile.

What can I use as a garnish if I don't have a mint sprig?

While a mint sprig is the traditional garnish, you could also use a lime wheel or a twist to add visual appeal and a touch of citrus.

Is the Minted Man cocktail suitable for large parties?

Absolutely, the Minted Man can easily be scaled up to serve in a pitcher or punch bowl for parties. Just be sure to add the club soda last to maintain its fizz.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Minted Man?

Yes, you can create a 'mocktail' version by omitting the vodka and possibly adding a bit more club soda or using a non-alcoholic spirit alternative.

What type of ice is best for the Minted Man cocktail?

Using large ice cubes or spheres is best as they melt slower, keeping the cocktail cold without diluting it too quickly.

How can I make my Minted Man cocktail look more impressive?

Presentation can be enhanced by using a highball glass, adding a creative garnish, or incorporating edible flowers or colorful straws.

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