Final push-it’s practically the BIG DAY. This is usually the week that all those extra presents need to be ready for. Teachers, bus drivers, dance teachers, brownie leaders, cleaners, babysitters, neighbours…this is the time of year that you realize that no matter how large a city you live in, that in fact, you live in a village.
I’d like to get everyone in my village a HUGE gift but, sadly, my pocketbook won’t allow it. I’ve been knitting furiously and everyone is getting something homemade. Some will be jams, pickles etc made in the summer but others will get a bit of a tipple. This is one though that takes VERY little time to complete and has a real nostalgic quality to it.
Creme de menthe. Those of us of a ‘certain age’ will remember this liqueur being poured over icecream for the ‘children’s dessert’ choice in restaurants.
It’s a wonder…
Anyhoo, I’m not going to be serving this to small one and it won’t be neon green but it is fabulously tasty. I know a bunch of adults on my list that will love it.
I started with a LOT mint and vodka and I let them sit together for a few days.
Draining it off you end up with vodka that tastes just like fresh mint and is a pretty, yellowy colour.
That’s wonderful on its own but I decided to ramp-up the taste with a sugar syrup infused with even more fresh mint. The colour is even more light green. Drain off the fresh mint and add the syrup to your vodka. At this point you have fabulous creme de menthe. If you want the colour to be a bit more what you remember you can tint the whole thing with a bit of green food colouring.
I’ll show you a great recipe using this liqueur in later this week but I love it on it’s own with a couple of nibbles on the side.
- 3 cups fresh mint
- 1 litre of vodka
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup chopped mint leaves
- 1 cup water
- Optional: green food colouring
- Stuff mint in a jar and soak in vodka for 3 days. Drain and set aside while you boil the sugar, chopped mint and water together. Let slightly thicken and drain off the mint leaves. Add to the mint scented vodka and colour with food colouring if desired. I used 3 drops and was happy with the results.