Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher

It’s a minty world out there

Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher is simple and satisfying.

Brio Drink of the Week: Minty Lime Refresher

We wanted to do a little something different for National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16]. Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher was adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you wanted to try a crème de menthe cocktail that wasn’t your typical grasshopper, well you are in luck. This simple rum cocktail is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients, this cocktail takes very little time to make, but is so delicious to drink.

Better Homes and Gardens recipe was not very specific as to the bottling for this recipe, so we took our own liberties with the mix. For the rum, we used some El Dorado White Rum and mixed it with some freshly squeezed lime juice and used up what was left in the container of our homemade simple syrup.

Now, this cocktail could really go two ways depending on the color crème de menthe you choose to use. If you’d like your cocktail to have a minty green color, be sure to use a brand that has a green crème de menthe, otherwise, you can use white crème de menthe for a frosty looking cocktail. There are a few brands of crème de menthe out there, DeKuyper is rather popular, or you can be adventurous and try to make your own crème de menthe at home. We opted for bottled this time.

From our last couple of experiments with rum drinks, I have come to actually really like rum cocktails. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it, but I realized it was more of what I was drinking that I didn’t like than it was the actual rum. The more complex a drink is, the less I tend to like it. Sometimes it the more simple cocktails that turn out to be the best.

Now let’s show you how you make a Minty Lime Refresher!

 

Minty Lime Refresher

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Splash of Crème de Menthe [White or Green]
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Minty Lime Refresher: Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass filled with ice. Give it a stir and top with San Pellegrino. Add a splash of crème de menthe and stir to combine. ***Use green crème de menthe if you’d like to give your cocktail a minty green hue. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 171 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 23 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

 

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This is how you make Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail!

The Ice Queen Cocktail

Brr…this cocktail is giving us the cold shoulder

We tried making Natasha David’s Ice Queen cocktail, and it will change the way you think about Crème de Menthe cocktails.

Nightcap's Ice Queen Cocktail

When you think Crème de Menthe the first thing that often comes to mind is a Grasshopper. Well not anymore, thanks to The Ice Queen cocktail from the master mixologists at Nitecap, a Lower East Side bar in New York City. Brainchild of Natasha David, this cocktail graced the Nightcap’s spritz menu and was featured in the article Bitter and Bubbly, the Spritz Evolves. Which is where we discovered this tasty beauty.

Natasha’s recipe uses Plantation 3 Stars white rum, Giffard Menthe Pastille white crème de menthe, and a sparkling wine, like Prosecco or Cava. Since I prefer Prosecco to Cava, I chose to go Italian. Unfortunately, our local ABC store doesn’t carry Giffard Menthe Pastille [I don’t think you can get it in NC], so I had to use Mr. Boston’s white crème de menthe instead. If you can find the original liquor used it might give you a more authentic feeling, but if not a good substitute won’t hurt.

The Ice Queen is an interesting addition to our list of spritzes and wine cocktails. It’ll leave your mouth feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the arctic. The mint also makes water feel icy cold in your mouth afterward, and there’s something about that feeling that appeases my pagophagia [that means I like to chew on ice because I’m iron deficient].

If you are looking for a crème de menthe cocktail that isn’t your typical Grasshopper or Stinger, you can’t go wrong with choosing this Ice Queen. Be sure to check out some of our other crème de menthe cocktails while you’re at it.

This is how you make Nightcap’s Ice Queen Cocktail!

 

The Ice Queen

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • ¾ Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Prosecco
  • 1 Teaspoon Crème De Menthe
  • 1 Cucumber Slice
  • Lime for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe Glasses
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

The Ice Queen: Gently muddle cucumber at bottom of a cocktail shaker. Next, add rum, lime juice, simple syrup and crème de menthe to the shaker and fill it about 3/4 of the way with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish it with lime. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 187 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 15 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

This is how you make Nitecap's Ice Queen cocktail.

 

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How to make a classic Grasshopper

How to Make a Classic Grasshopper

Interesting Name for a Sweet Cocktail

If you like sweet minty goodness, get ready for this chocolate topped Grasshopper – the cocktail that is.

Classic Grasshopper Recipe

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Grasshopper. A Grasshopper is one of those classic cocktails that comes to mind when you hear the words crème de menthe. It brings to mind a pale greenish color, minty flavor, and images of Raj Koothrappali from the Big Bang Theory.

Like many other classic American cocktails, the Grasshopper calls the Big Easy home. Tujague’s, New Orlean’s Second oldest restaurant down in the French Corner, is credited with being the originator of this cocktail thanks to Philibert Guichet, who invented the cocktail for a contest. The cocktail entry won second place, and Guichet launched the cocktail at Tujague’s after he purchased the joint from its original owners.

While a bit boozy, this sweet minty cocktail won’t have the same burn as say a Rob Roy would. Making the Grasshopper a popular introductory cocktail for first-time drinkers.

This cocktail blends Cognac, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and heavy cream into as Raj would say, “a sweet green miracle.” While I’m not the biggest fan of dairy-based cocktails, they sit heavy in my stomach, this cocktail does have a good taste to it. For those who love it, the Grasshopper can make a great holiday drink to replace boring old eggnog come Christmas time.

One of the most popular ways to garnish this cocktail is with chocolate. Let’s face it, chocolate and mint were made for each other. I love dark chocolate more than milk chocolate, so I took a cheese grater ​to a bar of Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate to garnish our Grasshoppers.

Celebrate National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16] with a Grasshopper and our other creme de menthe cocktails.

So let’s take a look at how to make a Grasshopper Cocktail.

 

Grasshopper

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Cognac
  • 1 Ounce Green Crème De Menthe
  • 1 OunceWhite Crème De Cacao
  • 1½ Ounces Heavey Cream
  • Chocolate Shavings for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Coupe or Martini Glass
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker w/Strainer

 

Preparation

Grasshopper: Pour Cognac, Crème De Menthe, Crème De Cacao and Heavy Cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a good shake. Pour into a coupe or martini glass, and top with chocolate shavings. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 164 Fat (g) 3.59 Saturated Fat (g) 2.17 Potassium (mg) 40 Carbohydrates (g) 15.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14.6 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 14

How to make a classic Grasshopper

 
 

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