Creme De Menthe

You’ll Need:

1 c Packed, rinsed and dried peppermint or spearmint leaves
3 c Vodka
2 c Sugar
1 c Water
1 ts Glycerine; optional
Green food coloring; optional

Procedures : In a quart-sized glass bottle or jar, steep the mint leaves in the vodka for about 10 days in a
cool, dark place, shaking the bottle every day.

Gently pour the jar’s contents through a regular strainer or sieve, pressing hard on the leaves to
release all their flavor. Follow this by 2 strainings through slightly dampened cheesecloth.
For true clarity and professional looking results, pour the strained mixture through a large clean
coffee filter placed inside a funnel or clean coffee cone; loosely cover with plastic wrap since
the process may take several hours.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over moderately high heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Add the glycerine and green food
coloring, if desired.

Funnel the strained brandy into a glass bottle, then funnel in the sugar syrup. Cover tightly; shake to blend. Let mature at room temperature, or slightly cooler, for at least two weeks.

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