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Recipe for Home Made Creme de Menthe

Updated on February 21, 2018
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Creme de Menthe
Creme de Menthe | Source

Recipe For Creme de Menthe

Creme de menthe is sweet drink, a cordial. Just like the name sounds, it is mint flavored.

It is not just for drinking, but it makes a great addition to desserts.

The beauty of making creme de menthe yourself is that you may adjust the recipe to make it more or less sweet and more or less minty. If you like you can even leave out the green food coloring and leave it white, but really it's a lot prettier with just a dash of green coloring.

You will see, the recipe is super easy and super quick.

Creme de Menthe
Creme de Menthe | Source

Our Family Has a History of Making Our Own Alcohol Based Beverages

Wine, Cordials, Liqueurs

If you have read my Best Rock and Rye Recipe you know that it was my mother who always made the Rock & Rye. And it was Grandma who made the home made red wine.

But, it was Dad who made the family cordials. We lived in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx with several awesome pastry shops. Dad used to have the pastry shops order extracts for him to use in his cordials.

These extracts are not so readily available now, but we can still make great cordials using Dad's method.

Some people enjoy a 1/2 ounce to and ounce of creme de menthe in sparkling water.

Some find it very settling to the stomach and some just enjoy that way.

Creme de Menthe Container Suggestion
Creme de Menthe Container Suggestion | Source

A large glaass container like this is great for alcohol based drink recipes

This is what I used to mix my batch of creme de menthe.

Luminarc Quadro 2-Liter Glass Pitcher with Lid, 67.5 Ounce, Clear/White
Luminarc Quadro 2-Liter Glass Pitcher with Lid, 67.5 Ounce, Clear/White
This is what I use for mixing cordials. I prefer glass to plastic As alcohol is being used, I err on the side of caution. I don't want the alcohol to degrade plastic. This pitcher has a wide enough top that so I can reach in and stir the mixture. The handle makes for a good grip on the bottle to easily pour the cordial into separate bottles. It also has a spout which helps direct the flow.
Creme de Menthe Straight
Creme de Menthe Straight | Source

This is an adjustable recipe. Make it. Taste it. Adjust it. Everyone's taste is different.

The recipe calls for a "fifth" of vodka which is .75 ml. If you are working with a larger bottle of vodka, in ounce measurements, .75 ml is approximately 25.4 ounces or a little over 3 cups (approximately 3 -1/6 cups).

The glycerin give it a smoother finish.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 20 1/2 cup servings


  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • .75 ml vodka (a fifth)
  • 1 -1/2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 5 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon food grade glycerin


  1. Mix the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the liquid turns clear. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes. Add the fifth of vodka, and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract in a glass bottle (Add 5 drops of food coloring if desired). Stir. Taste.
  2. If it's not minty enough add more extract. Stir. Taste.
  3. If it's not sweet enough add more simple syrup. Stir. Taste.
  4. You may use the creme de menthe immediately. The longer it sits, like days or weeks, the richer it tastes.
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Ounce to Gram Conversion

1 cup = 8 ounces


Liters to Cups Conversion

Food Grade Glycerin - Only Use Food Grade Glycerin for Cooking

Food grade glycerin can be found in stores that sell a wide range of cake decorating tools, pans, colors, and frostings, etc. You can always use food grade glycerin to soften your hands.

Non-food grade glycerin is found in soaps and hand lotions. You can buy it in drugstores. Do not use this in food.

Frontier Natural Products Vegetable Glycerin, 8-Ounce
Frontier Natural Products Vegetable Glycerin, 8-Ounce
You might be able to find food grade glycerin in craft stores that have a cake decorating department. If not, here is an on-line source.

Different peppermint extracts have a different intensity.

If you have not made this recipe before. Start out with just a little, a teaspoon, of peppermint extract, and then add more if needed by 1/2 teaspoon fulls.

There Are So Many Ways to Enjoy Creme de Menthe

We used to have cordials after our big Italian holiday meals.

After the dessert was served,while we still had coffee there were sweets (like candies put on the table). At this time the cordials were brought out. A sweet drink with sweets. The people who had espresso would usually put anisette (a licorice flavored cordial) in their espresso. The rest of us would just take the cordial of our choice and drink it.

How do you like your creme de menthe?

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Home made creme de menthe makes a great gift.

You could make a batch and then put it in individual bottles for gifting.

Corsican Mint - The finest Creme de Menthe is made from Corsican mint. It's a very small leafed low growing variety of mint.

Corsican Mint
Corsican Mint | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Ellen Gregory


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