Happy August 2nd everyone, or as us here on the Thirsty Thursday blog call it, National Creme de Menthe day! That’s right, today is a day to enjoy this minty drink, whether you prefer grasshoppers or sipping on the digestif on its own. But before we begin the celebration let’s learn a little bit more about the drink, and shockingly, unlike most of our alcohols featured on the Thirsty Thursday blog, it’s past is in no way disputed. Maybe it was just mint to be (ok i’ll stop).
Let’s travel all the way back to 1885 France. Here a young distribution pharmacist, Emile Gifford is hard at work learning the digestive effects of mint. Gifford starts to distribute his creation to patrons of the Grand Hotel in Angers and it so well receive it becomes something that is later mast distributed. Creme de Menthe is French for mint cream. It is made with dried peppermint or Corsican mint leaves soaking in grain alcohol for several weeks. It is filtered and sugar is added. The green color comes from the soaking of the leaves for several weeks. Today you can find it both with it’s original green color and a clear version, both taste similar.
Creme de Menthe can be served alone as a digestif or in mixed drinks like a grasshopper. It is used in cooking as well for things like mint chocolates. One fun fact about this beverage is that it is the traditional final alcoholic drink served to mobsters before going off to serve time in jail. So before you hit the big house get yourself a shot of Creme de Menthe. Now that you know the history, you can go out and enjoy National Creme de Menthe day!
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