There’s nothing like summer in Minnesota, especially when it involves a Bootleg Cocktail. It’s the perfect way to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
There is something magical about summer in Minnesota. Blue skies, lakes, farmers markets and warm temperatures. It is such a beautiful time (minus the mosquitoes) that I find it difficult to stay inside when the sun is shining. After a busy day of activities, I look forward to relaxing on the patio before dinner. The kids play in the yard and my husband and I have a drink while dinner is on the grill. Pure bliss. One of our summertime favorite drinks is the Bootleg Cocktail. It is fresh, citrusy and the perfect way to use some of the abundant mint in my garden. If I could get everything to grow as well as my mint, my garden would rock!
A Bootleg is a cocktail staple at any country club in Minnesota, but no one will give you the recipe. Not even a hint. You can guess at the ingredients: lemon, lime, mint, club soda….sounds simple, right? It is – once you get the proportions down (which took us many enjoyable tries. No complaining here!) Like your drinks a little sweeter? Add a little more mix. Prefer them a little drier? Add more club soda or another splash of gin. Gin not your thing? Vodka and rum are great options. The Bootleg is a great way to serve the same drink to many people while being able to add a personal touch to suit their alcoholic tastes.
So bring on the patio party and make a batch of bootleg mix to soak up every last bit of time with friends and family. I know we are so ready to enjoy our oh-too-short summer. One of the best things about summer in Minnesota? It makes you forget winter pretty quickly. I’ll drink to that!