three small glasses of mint cocktail on a tray decorated with mint leaves and lemon slices

Time for a Tipple

This month’s writing fuel cocktail combines the freshness of spring with the soothing effects of a hot toddy for anyone, like me, nursing at cold due to perpetually soggy dog walks. To make the refreshing cold version, just make the tea ahead and allow to cool, then pour over crushed ice.

Hot Mint Cocktail with Lemon and Honey
  • ½ cup of hot mint tea
  • A generous spoonful of honey
  • 2 fingers of bourbon or whiskey
  • 2 squeezes of lemon juice
  • A picture window with the rain coming down outside
  • A good book
  1. Kettle on! Pour half a cup of boiling water over a mint teabag (or a handful of fresh mint leaves if you have them) and allow to steep to the desired strength. Add a spoonful of honey and stir well.
  2. Pour the booze into a cocktail glass that can take the heat.
  3. Pour the honeyed mint tea over the booze.
  4. Squeeze in the lemon.
  5. Sit at picture window and sip, glancing up occasionally from book to watch the rain.

If you’re feeling shi-shi you can replace the honey with lavender syrup, but I’m not organised enough to have any on hand. If you try it, let me know how it comes out!

And if you’re lucky enough to be basking in warm spring sunshine, just allow the tea to cool and pour the whole thing over crushed ice for an altogether more brighter and breezy version of this spring treat.


a blue ship's door with the sign "F.K. BELLE MARLOWE"

F.K. Marlowe is a Shropshire lass who lived in London and Beijing before settling down with her husband, three daughters and rescue pup in Vancouver. She writes horror stories with a tendency to the paranormal, and Young Adult fiction with fangs and sass.

Marlowe doesn’t worry overly much about the placement of semi-colons and the like, having spent far too long pootling about in academia to take them seriously. (She has an Oxford first in English Lit, plus a Master’s and PhD from Leeds). She has, however, discovered that life is the best education for a writer, and plans to continue her studies there as long as possible.


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