Maker’s® Summer Mint Cooler

The Maker's® Summer Mint Cooler delivers fizzy freshness by way of soda, mint, lemon and syrup. The subtle sweetness of Maker's Mark® is what makes this the summer cocktail you'll be daydreaming about.

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark®
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water
  • Mint sprig
Pro Tips
Cooler Than Cool
Glassware can enhance a cocktail. Summer drinks with ice, soda or juice are best served in thin, tall-sided glasses like a Collins glass or the aptly named “cooler” glass.
Pre-Roll
Firmly rolling the lemon under your hand before you cut it loosens up the pulp, making the fruit easier to juice.
Better Bubbles
After adding the club soda, employ minimal stirring for more fizz. For what should be obvious reasons, never add carbonated soda or sparkling wine to a shaker.
Sweeten the Deal
Simple syrup sure lives up to its name. In a saucepan, just dissolve a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water together over medium heat and then cool. Double the sugar for thicker, sweeter syrup.

How to

  1. Combine first three ingredients and shake with ice.
  2. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass.
  3. Top with soda water.
  4. Garnish with mint sprig.

A COOLER COLLINS History of the Maker’s Summer Mint Cooler

The composition of this drink most closely resembles a Collins Cocktail. This style of cocktail traces back to the 19th century and contains lemon, simple syrup, soda and typically gin – as in the Tom Collins. But there are many variations, like the Colonel Collins (made with bourbon,) the Pedro Collins (rum) and the Pierre Collins (cognac or brandy). The exact year and location of where the Collins cocktail was created is foggy. Historian David Wondrich has it being introduced in New York in 1850 but writes similar punch recipes were served regularly in London much earlier in the century.

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