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Top 12 Crème de Menthe Cocktails

I’m keen on Crème de Menthe cocktails; they bring a refreshing twist to the bar. Their cool, minty essence pairs well with various spirits, creating drinks that suit any mood or event. From the classic Grasshopper to inventive new mixes, these cocktails blend sweetness with a hint of herbal freshness. They’re great for cooling off in the summer or adding a festive touch to winter gatherings. The mint’s invigorating kick makes these cocktails stand out. Check out the roundup for some refreshing ideas.

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Grasshopper

Frozen Boozy Mint Grasshopper Cocktail with Creme de Cacao

The Grasshopper is a classic cocktail that emerged during the 1920s. Blending crème de menthe with crème de cacao and a little cream produces a delightfully minty sweet drink. Serve it over ice (crushed is best) or chilled, and try garnishes of fresh mint leaves and chocolate shavings. If you’re feeling experimental, add some Bailey’s Irish Cream or Kahlua for slight coffee undertones. You could also enhance the minty side with some peppermint schnapps.


The Stinger

Boozy Refreshing Stinger Cocktail with Mint and Brandy

The Stinger is a smooth blend of cognac and crème de menthe produces a balanced flavor that will leave you guessing whether it’s more sweet or tart. You want to drink this one cold. If your Stinger is too tart, boost the sweet side with triple sec or orange curaçao.


Bailey’s Mint Martini

Bailey's Mint Martini
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The Bailey’s Mint Martini is a gorgeous and tasty cocktail that’s perfect for special events. Blending Baileys Irish cream with crème de menthe produces a soothingly sweet drink with a kick. Always take this martini shaken, not stirred. Serve it in a chilled martini glass, and if you’re feeling fancy add some fresh mint leaves, cocoa powder around the rim, or shaved chocolate.


Absinthe Suisse

Absinthe Suisse
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Ignore the myths about absinthe and see what it can do when you try this fabulous cocktail. Tequila, rose flower water, and white creme de menthe temper the stronger flavors of the absinthe, but that’s not all you’ll add to this specialty drink.


Thin Mint Martini

Thin Mint Martini
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Calling all Girl Scout Cookie fans, especially those who can’t get enough Thin Mints. Enjoy the flavors of your favorite cookie year-round with this blend of vodka, creme de menthe, and chocolate liqueur. This martini is always shaken, and don’t be shy about it. You want a good mix before serving it in a chilled martini glass.


American Beauty

American Beauty
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The American Beauty is a gorgeous, rose-colored drink. It’s a complex blend that delivers equally complex flavors that seem to shift with every sip. Be sure to use white creme de menthe for this one so that you don’t lose the pinky-red color. Garnish it with a rose petal for special occasions.


Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle
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The Emerald Isle is a gin-based drink with subtle minty undertones. Have a light hand with the creme de menthe to avoid overpowering the gin. Shake the ingredients and serve it in a chilled cocktail glass. You might want to keep salty snacks on hand when enjoying this one.


Irish Creme De Menthe Cocktail

Irish Creme De Menthe Cocktail
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If you love Bailey’s but want something a little more complex, this might be the cocktail for you. The foundation is half and half or cream, but the blend of Bailey’s Irish Creme, Green Creme de Menthe, and Rumchata produces a delightful sweet drink.


Leprechaun Beer

Leprechaun Beer
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Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with Leprechaun Beer! This festive drink comes from the blend of green creme de menthe and Irish cream. Serve the green drink as a shot. Add a little depth with raspberry syrup, honey, or bitters.


After Eight Shot

After Eight Shot
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Speaking of shots, the After Eight Shot is another creme de menthe specialty. Pack a lot of flavor into a tiny glass for a smooth but sweet tri-layer shooter. The creme de menthe settles between layers of Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream.


Peppermint Patty 

Peppermint Patty 
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This wintery martini looks like liquid snow but tastes like the minty candy it’s named after. The peppermint schnapps boosts the minty flavor, but it’s balanced nicely by chocolate vodka and Irish cream with a half and half base.


Bennigan’s Irish Coffee

Bennigan's Irish Coffee
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Bennigan’s Irish Coffee blends Irish whiskey, Kahlua, and creme de menthe with your favorite morning wake up beverage – coffee. Add some flavored syrups or a dollop of whipped cream to dress this one up.


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A Crème de Menthe Cocktail, elegantly served in a classic cocktail glass. This cocktail showcases a rich and luminous green color, embodying the minty essence of crème de menthe. It's garnished with a fresh mint leaf and a twist of lime for an added touch of elegance. The glass rests on a sleek, modern bar counter, illuminated by ambient lighting. The backdrop features a sophisticated bar setting with shelves of various liquor bottles, creating an atmosphere of luxury and refinement.

12 Crème de Menthe Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creme de menthe cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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