With a vibrant mint liqueur, whiskey, Irish cream, and heavy cream, this Creme de Menthe Cocktail recipe is the perfect after dinner drink! This bright green drink tastes like a peppermint patty in a glass with a minty flavor that will leave you feeling refreshed.
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Let's face it. Most cocktail recipes can be pretty boring, but not this classic cocktail. This Creme de Menthe Cocktail is an excellent choice for enjoying as dessert like our Bailey's Pumpkin Vanilla Silk Martini or Caramel Spiked Apple Chai Cocktail! Whether you need a new cocktail to enjoy during the holiday season or St. Patrick's Day, this mint cocktail is for you!
What Is a Creme de Menthe Cocktail?
First developed by Emile Giffard in the 1800s, Creme de Menthe is made by adding mint leaves to a neutral alcohol. Since it's inception, creme de menthe has been used for a variety of drinks, including the Grasshopper and Stinger cocktails.
For this cocktail, we're using creme de menthe, Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and heavy cream to create a deliciously decadent cocktail that essentially tastes like an Andes mint. Mint chocolate lovers will appreciate the delicate balance of bright minty flavors combined with the richness of creams and whiskey.
Why you’ll love this recipe
This recipe is super easy to make and only requires four ingredients, making it the perfect drink to quickly whip up for a Christmas dinner party or St. Patrick's Day celebration! And you can even customize this cocktail to your liking like playing around with different garnishes, types of Irish cream or whiskey, and even the color of the drink!
- Irish Whiskey – Use your favorite Irish whiskey.
- Crème de Menthe – A sweet minty liqueur used in drinks like the classic Grasshopper cocktail and the Stinger cocktail.
- Irish Cream – Baileys Irish cream works!
- Heavy Cream – This gives the cocktail a creamy texture!
How to Make an Irish Creme de Menthe Cocktail
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the whiskey, creme de menthe, Irish cream, and cream into the cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Expert Recipe Tips
- Garnish with chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup, or mint leaves!
- Scoop a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top for the ultimate minty kick!
- For a more chocolatey twist, add a splash of creme de cacao!
Crème de Menthe is a mint-flavored liqueur available in both green and clear varieties. You can find it in most liquor stores or online. Look for it in the liqueur section.
If you want the green color, go with the green creme de menthe. On the other hand, if you don't care about the vibrant green hue, you can always opt for the white creme de menthe instead!
It's similar to peppermint schnapps but creme de menthe has a more gentle mint flavor, making it a versatile liqueur for many mint-flavored drinks.
While it's best to mix cocktails fresh, you can prepare some elements in advance, like chilling the glassware and having your ingredients ready. However, for the best taste and presentation, mix the cocktails just before serving.
Absolutely! You can control the sweetness by adjusting the amount of Crème de Menthe or adding more or less of other sweetening ingredients like cream or chocolate liqueur.
Yes! There are non-alcoholic mint syrups available that can mimic the minty flavor of Crème de Menthe.
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Although this drink is typically enjoyed during the holidays, you don't need to wait for a special occasion to make this delicious Creme de Menthe Cocktail! The minty flavors combined with the whiskey, Irish cream, and heavy cream produce a fun green cocktail that will surely impress your guests! If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and let us know if you liked it!
- 1 ounce Irish Whiskey
- ¼ oz Creme de menthe
- ¼ oz Irish Cream
- 2 oz Cream
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the whiskey, creme de menthe, Irish cream, and cream into the cocktail shaker.
- Shake until cold and strain into a glass.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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