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Spa Day

Amy Traynor
This light and refreshing cocktail combines vodka with freshly squeezed lemon juice and a mint simple syrup.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz mint syrup (see notes below for recipe)
  • mint leaf, for garnish


  • Combine the vodka, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  • Fill 3/4 of the shaker with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
  • Strain the drink into a couple glass and garnish with a mint leaf.


Mint Syrup
To make mint syrup, you infuse simple syrup with mint leaves, as if making a cup of tea. I like to pour hot simple syrup over fresh mint, cover, let cool, and then strain out the leaves. This produces a richly flavored syrup by retaining as much of the plant's natural oils as possible, without overheating the herb.
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Start by measuring approximately 1 cup of fresh mint leaves. If you have very large leaves, you can chop them into smaller pieces. Put the mint in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.
  • Next, combine the sugar and the water in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture on medium heat, stirring frequently, until it begins to bubble. Remove from the heat and pour over the mint leaves.
  • Cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap and let sit until cooled.
  • Once the syrup is cool, strain out the mint leaves and store the syrup sealed in a clean glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Keyword 3 ingredient cocktails, lemon, mint, vodka
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