Recently I gave a sneak peek of the mint liqueur that I used to make this ode to St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. I basically modified the Martha Stewart limoncello recipe that has become my stand-by for every Christmas gift-giving season.
The malty swirl of Tullamore Dew that is used to “kiss” the martini glass in this cocktail balances out the sweetness of the mint liqueur. Not that the liqueur is as sweet as your typical commercially prepared creme de menthe. If you like it on the sweeter side, you could play with adding more simple syrup to the mix before shaking. Or you could rim the glass with green sugar…ooh, I’m excited about that idea!
These babies pack a punch; you may feel like you’ve kissed the blarney stone if you consume more than your limit. Annumography “invites you to please drink responsibly” (said in my best commercial announcer voice). Éirinn go Brách.
Fresh Mint Liqueur
2 c. mint leaves, stems removed
2 c. vodka
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
green food coloring
Wash mint leaves and pat dry with paper towels. Place mint in a glass container (I used a mason jar) with vodka. Store the jar in a dark, cool place for 3-4 weeks, giving the jar a shake about once a week to mix.
After 3-4 weeks, bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and add sugar, stirring until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in green food coloring, about 5 drops of liquid food coloring or equivalent gel food coloring. Allow sugar syrup to cool completely. While syrup is cooling, strain the mint-infused vodka using a fine mesh sieve. Add the cooled sugar syrup to the strained mint-vodka and stir. Pour into a glass bottle and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Blarney Stone Kiss
Splash of Irish whiskey
1 part Fresh Mint Liqueur, or any creme de menthe liqueur
1 part vodka
Pour the Irish whiskey into a martini glass and swirl to coat. Discard any excess whiskey.
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add Fresh Mint Liqueur or creme de menthe and vodka, cover, and shake. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.