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Zamboni Cocktail

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The Zamboni Cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant drink that combines the robust flavors of bourbon with the cool freshness of mint, balanced by the sweetness of simple syrup and the tang of lemon juice. This cocktail offers a harmonious blend of bold and bright flavors, making it a perfect choice for a summer evening or any occasion that calls for a sophisticated yet approachable beverage.

Tasting Notes

Upon the first sip, the Zamboni Cocktail greets your palate with the rich, warming notes of bourbon, offering a smooth and slightly oaky flavor. The bourbon’s intensity is immediately lifted by the fresh and aromatic mint leaves, which provide a crisp and invigorating sensation. The simple syrup adds a gentle sweetness, harmonizing with the bourbon and mint to create a well-rounded and pleasing taste.

As you continue to enjoy the cocktail, the lemon juice begins to shine through, introducing a zesty and refreshing citrus element that cuts through the sweetness and adds a delightful tartness. This interplay of flavors ensures that each sip is a dynamic experience, with the mint and lemon creating a lively and refreshing finish that lingers pleasantly on the tongue. Overall, the Zamboni Cocktail is a beautifully balanced drink that offers a delightful mix of bold, sweet, and fresh flavors.

Tips & Tricks

Enhance the complexity of the cocktail by adding a few dashes of Angostura bitters, which will introduce subtle spiced and herbal notes.

Substitute the simple syrup with honey syrup (equal parts honey and water) for a richer, more nuanced sweetness that pairs wonderfully with bourbon.

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  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 5-6 mint leaves
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice


  1. In a shaker muddle the mint leaves, then add the rest of the ingredients plus ice.
  2. Shake very well to chill and combine.
  3. Strain into glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with fresh mint before serving.

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