Quick! How many classic crème de menthe based cocktails can you name? Go!
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Crème de menthe is one of those liqueurs that once you try, you will never forget. For obvious reasons it is used in a fair amount of obscure Irish cocktails, but personally I avoid those.
Crème de menthe is not a cream based liqueur, but rather a category of spirits known as crèmes, which are more syrupy and sugar laden than standard liquors. It is made from Corsican mint or peppermint and is either colorless (white) or vibrantly green. Most products today use food coloring to achieve the effect. The flavors are exactly the same however.
If you want to try making your own at home, here’s a recipe courtesy of Marcia Simmons, co-author of DIY Cocktails which I have previously reviewed here.
DIY Creme de Menthe
1 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (divided)
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
- Measure out 1 cup of mint leaves and tear them in quarters Place mint leaves in a sealable glass jar and pour vodka on top. Shake and let steep for 12 hours.
- After steeping is complete, strain mint leaves from infused vodka. Return infused vodka to the jar.
- Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then add syrup to mint-infused vodka.
- Take the additional 1/2 cup of mint leaves, tear them, and add them to the jar. Shake and let steep for 10 hours.
- Strain twice to remove all mint leaves, keep in resealable bottle. Keeps for two months.
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