Thursday, August 12, 2010

Home-Made Liqueurs, #2: Creme de Menthe

Part Two in the 'Home-Made Liqueurs' series finds us tinkering with Creme de Menthe, ('Mint Cream" for the non-multi-lingual!), a visually striking concoction that is surprisingly easy to brew up,

Home Made Creme de Menthe


Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups water

3.5 cups 80 proof vodka

1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 drops of green food coloring


Directions:

Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently.

Lower heat and simmer for five minutes.

Allow to cool to room temperature.

Add flavorings, color and vodka and stir until mixed.

Store in a glass bottle in a dark place for one week.


This serious-looking minty green concoction can REALLY decorate a home bar's liqueur shelf. Put it in a nice bottle and you've got a real eye-catcher!
Creme de Menthe is an integral ingredient in cocktails such as The Grasshopper, The Girl Scout Cookie, The Green Lagoon, and the classic Stinger.

For the more artistic-types, who like to experiment and develop their own cocktail recipes at home, (*ahem*,) Creme de Menthe possesses a certain appeal. With it's luminous allure of bright green, it could be the perfect touch for any number of "sci-fi" themed drinks, creepy horror-themed beverages, and a nice rendition of the "Shamrock Shake," come St. Paddy's!

And, as with the Home-made Amaretto, presented in a really nice display-quality bottle, some home-made Creme de Menthe would make a really nice and unusual gift idea!

Cheers, Chris

2 comments:

  1. wow! what a nice site! thanx 4 sharing!

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