AHP July Cocktail Recipes | Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

This month’s AHP Cocktail Recipes come just in time for the heat of summer! Both of these drinks will cool you off and leave you feeling refreshed. If you missed our first recipe, or want a refresher of why we do this in the first place, make sure you check out March’s Cocktail Recipes. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter! Our subscribers always get email reminders when these posts go live, and I always try to include a little something extra just for you.

Because Happy Hour is such a big part of our own lives, we want to share the love (hey, there’s a reason they call it happy!). Over the years, we’ve nurtured and developed our palettes. We’ve discovered which spirits we really love, how to mix them, and in some cases, come up with drinks that are completely our own.

AHP July Cocktail Recipes | Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

once a month, for the rest of this year, we’re going to share two cocktail recipes with you. One will be a drink that I’ve chosen, and one will be Ed’s selection. Along with sharing the recipes, we will tell you why we love them, and how we make them our own. Whether or not you make them yourself, we hope that you will at least start adopting the theory of Happy Hour. Once a day, Monday through Friday, give yourself permission to turn worries off. This is our form of self-care, and we hope it helps you too!

And, of course, if you do make these, we’d love to see! Post your versions on Instagram and share using the hashtag #ahpcocktails.

Both of the cocktail recipes we’re going to share with you today include some citrus flavors and lots of ice, so they’re perfect for the summer heat! Feel free to whip up one of these for your poolside refreshment, or host a weekend summer luncheon. If you’re a subscriber to our newsletter, you already know all about our favorite summer party to host!

One thing to note when trying to recreate these drinks: Ed and I don’t usually measure. We prefer to eyeball it, then add in what we think it needs. Feel free to start with actual measurements, but don’t be afraid to tweak them to fit your own tastes!

AHP July Cocktails: Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

Amy’s Gin Mojito Recipe

If this is not your first visit to our #ahpcocktails series, you have probably noticed a theme to the types of drinks I like! It will not be a surprise to you to discover that this month’s drink includes gin and herbs. My favorite combination!

The herb I’m using this month is mint. It has a flavorful, cooling sensation that makes it ideal for a summer refresher. You can buy fresh mint in the grocery store, but this herb is super simple to grow at home. If you choose to grow your own mint, like I do, I have one warning: plant it in a pot! Mint is an invasive herb and will quickly take over your garden if not contained.

I like to gently muddle a few leaves to release the mint flavor into this drink. If you read our Strawberry Basil Cocktail recipe, you know that my mortar and pestle is very special to me. It’s even more so, now that my dad has passed. If you don’t have one of your own, Amazon has a wide selection, such as this pretty one.

I realize that not everyone prefers gin, like I do. Feel free to make a traditional mojito using light rum instead.
AHP July Cocktails: Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

Gin Mojito

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • club soda

Instructions

  • Slightly muddle lime juice and a few mint leaves in a high ball glass. 
  • Add all other ingredients except club soda to glass. Stir.
  • Fill glass with ice and top with club soda.
  • Garnish with extra mint sprig. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: Make your own simple syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water on the stovetop. When it cools, you have homemade simple syrup!
Ed’s Lynchburg Lemonade Recipe

Ed’s selection for this month is no surprise, either. Ed is a steadfast whisky guy, so this cocktail recipe once again uses his favorite spirit, Jack Daniels whiskey. Jack Daniels is made in Lynchburg, TN, hence the name of this one. We certainly didn’t make this one up, as you can find the original recipe on the Jack Daniels website, but we have made a couple changes that make it more to our taste.

We prefer the fresh squeezed flavor of real lemons, rather than a store-bought lemonade. The triple sec and lemon-lime soda add the sweetness to the drink.

We’ve chosen to serve both of these drinks this month in Mason jars for a fun twist, but any glass will work! If you plan on taking your cocktail poolside, I suggest using an insulated tumbler with a lid.
AHP July Cocktails: Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

Lynchburg Lemonade

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • lemon-lime soda (we used Sprite)

Instructions

  • Pour the whiskey, triple sec, and lemon juice into a glass (we used a Mason Jar for a fun twist).
  • Fill glass with ice then top with soda.
  • Stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Ed's favorite Jack Daniels is the black label, but he will use the green label for this drink. Save the good stuff for a Manhattan!

AHP July Cocktails: Gin Mojito + Lynchburg Lemonade

Ed and I hope that these recipes will inspire your own at-home Happy Hour! Remember, it’s not the drinks that are important. Is the hour set aside to rest and unwind.

Don’t forget to tag your own concoctions with #ahpcocktails! We can’t wait to have you join us!

CHEERS!

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