Posts Tagged ‘creme de menthe’

The Mint Cocktail

Monday, June 5th, 2006

MxM: MintFor a mint-themed mix-off, I couldn’t avoid taking this plainly-named recipe for a test drive. The Mint Cocktail comes to us from Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book (though he would have it shaken), and is obviously not a cocktail. No matter, for while I abjure the proliferation of ‘tinis, I’m resigned that a cocktail is pretty much anything containing liquor, and if Harry wants to keep me company, so much the better.

The Mint Cocktail6 oz. white wine
4 oz. gin
1 oz. crème de menthe
Sprigs of mint

In a pitcher, soak a few sprigs of mint in 3 oz. white wine for 2 hours. Add the rest, stir vigorously with ice and strain into glasses, garnishing with additional sprigs.

It’s good, in its own special way, though confusing. There’s an initial hit of crème de menthe so patently unnatural in its intensity that “Andes” is the first word to mind. It lessens over time, either due to stratification or numbing of the palate, but with gradual warming and subsequent sips, the wine (I chose a sauvignon blanc) makes itself known. I can’t really say the same for the gin — Seagrams again, here — which may as well have been vodka for all that it withstood the crème de menthe. What isn’t clear, and has yet to be investigated, is whether the two hours of marinating mint leaves actually makes a difference or is merely an act of ritual. I failed to detect any subtly natural minty undertones beneath the crème de menthe’s one-note onslaught, and note that the CocktailDB’s Mint Cocktail recipe cuts to the chase without any prolonged soaking.

I give it neither a yea or nay yet — if I never had another, I wouldn’t mourn — but might be inclined to try marinating a much larger quantity of mint leaves and relying on their contribution alone, perhaps muddled with a bit of sugar for maximum effect.

Creme de Menthe

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Fill a Sherry glass with Shaved Ice.
1 pony Creme de Menthe.

Cut Straw in two pieces and serve.

Dixie Cocktail

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Add to a plain Whiskey Cocktail:
1 dash Curacoa.
6 drops Creme de Menthe.

Tom Tom

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Use a large Brandy Roller glass.
Fill Roller half full of Fine Ice.
Add 1 pony of Old Brandy.
1 jigger of green Creme de Menthe and serve.

Dream

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Fill large Bar glass ⅔ full Shaved Ice.

1 teaspoonful Bar Sugar.
3 dashes Lemon Juice.
1 white of an Egg.
1 Wineglass Milk and Cream.
1 jigger Tom Gin.

Shake thoroughly; strain into tall, thin glass; cover the top lightly with Creme de Menthe and serve.