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.

Bootleg Cocktails in low ball glasses garnished with fresh mint and lemon slices on a white background.

Summer is a great time to get out of your cocktail rut and one of our summertime favorite drinks is the Bootleg Cocktail

Have you ever had one?

It is fresh, citrusy and the perfect way to use some of the abundant mint growing in my garden.

If I could get everything to grow as well as my mint does, my garden would rock! 

Top dowm image of Bootleg cocktails in a silver tray with lemon wedge, mint leaves and lime slices for garnish.

What is a Bootleg Cocktail? I’ve never heard of it. 

This recipe needs to go to the top of your must-make list. Trust me.

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 alcohol.

What equipment do I need to make this cocktail?

Not a lot, but these few items make it much easier.

1. A good blender. Now I know not everyone can splurge on a top-tier blender, but I highly suggest you save up your birthday gift cards because they make a huge difference in how quickly you can pull together one of these minty cocktails.

I own Blendtec and love it, but many people are also thrilled with their Vitamix blenders. They do a much better job of tackling that mint and pulverizing it so you don’t end up with green things stuck in your teeth.

2. We forego old school traditional bar jiggers and always use these OXO Liquid Measuring Beakers. They are easy to read and have multiple sizes to take the guesswork out of measuring smaller amounts.

Any bartender knows that proper proportions make or break a cocktail.

Single Bootleg Cocktail in a low ball glass on a white background. the drink has a yellow and white straw in it and is garnished with fresh lime wedges and fresh mint leaves.

What kind of alcohol do you use in this drink recipe?

Whenever you order a bootleg, the next question is always gin, vodka or rum? 

I prefer mine with gin, but don’t worry if you aren’t a gin lover like me. Vodka and rum are both delicious 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.

Can I make this recipe as a batch cocktail?


Don’t want to mess around with mixing drinks individually?

Pour two parts Bootleg mix to one part gin, rum or vodka and mix in a pitcher. Pour over ice and add club soda when serving.

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, but magical summer weather.

One of the best things about summer in Minnesota? It makes you forget winter pretty quickly. I’ll drink to that!


Need some more ideas for summer cocktails? Here are some of our favorite drinks to shake up happy hour!

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Aperol Gin Cocktails– Garnish with Lemon®

Prosecco Margaritas– A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Elderflower Vodka Sodas– Garnish with Lemon®

Watermelon Gin Punch– Garnish with Lemon®

Single bootleg cocktail on the rocks in an old fashioned glass garnished with fresh mint and lime wedges.


Yield: 6 ounces



A citrusy, minty Bootleg cocktail that can be made with gin, vodka or rum.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Bootleg Mix:

  • 1 - 12 ounce can lemonade concentrate
  • 1 - 12 ounce can limeade concentrate
  • 1 cup packed mint plus additional for garnish

Bootleg Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Gin (vodka or rum can also be used)
  • 3 ounces Bootleg mix
  • splash of club soda
  • Mint for garnish


To make the Bootleg Mix:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until mint is chopped finely. Pour into jar and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let flavors develop. The chopped mint will rise to the top and it settles, I scoop most of it off before mixing the cocktails.

To make Bootleg Cocktail:

  1. Pour gin and Bootleg mix into low ball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, stir and garnish with mint.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 ounces

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1909 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 108mg Carbohydrates: 428g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 298g Protein: 5g
This Bootleg Cocktail is a Minnesota summer favorite! Filled with citrus and mint you can't go wrong with this cocktail. Bonus: It works with gin, vodka or rum!