Crème de menthe

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A small glass of green crème de menthe

Crème de menthe (pronounced [kʁɛm də mɑ̃t], French for "mint cream") is a sweet, mint-flavored alcoholic beverage. Its flavor primarily derives from Corsican mint or dried peppermint. It is available commercially in a colorless version (called "white") and a green version (colored by the mint leaves, or by added coloring if made from extract instead of leaves). Both varieties have similar flavor and are interchangeable in recipes, except where color is important. It has 25% alcohol by volume.

Crème de menthe is an ingredient in several cocktails, such as the Grasshopper and the Stinger. It is also served as a digestif and used in cooking as a flavoring (see Mint chocolate). It is also a primary component of the popular South African shooter known as the Springbokkie.

The traditional formula steeps dried peppermint or Corsican mint leaves in grain alcohol for several weeks (creating a naturally green color), followed by filtration and addition of sugar.[1]

Other Peppermint Liquers

Very similar but with a little less sugar different peppermint liquers with a long tradition are known popular in northern germany with a widespread varianty of brands (18-25% alochol normaly) in clean and green variants for example the "Berliner Luft" - the "Pfeffis" experienced a revival and rise in popularity in the later 2010s. In the area of former Czecheslovakia similar liquers called "Zelená" (The Green), usually a strong use of food color were and are an popular choice as companion drink with Beer.


Popular Culture[edit]

  • In "The Visitors" sketch in a 1969 episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam plays an extremely effeminate, flamboyant, and stereotypically gay character, whose regular drink is a pint of crème de menth.
  • In British comedy Black Books titular character Bernard Black mistakenly serves Manny someone else's crème de menthe during a drunken job interview.
  • On episode 7 of Season 3 on the Starz show Outlander, titled "Crème De Menthe", character Jamie Fraser Sam Heughan, hides a murder victim in a cask of crème de menthe. He assures his wife, Claire Caitriona Balfe, that no one will find him because he has never seen a Scotsman drink the said liquor before.
  • In the first season and twelfth episode of Mad Men, there is a shortage of booze during an office party for the presidential election. In response, members of the party raid a supply closet and fill an entire water cooler with crème de menthe for the party to enjoy.
  • In the movie 28 Days Later, character Frank suggests that they offer glasses of crème de menthe to Jim and Selena in honor of their first meeting.


  1. ^ reference not found Classic Liquors Products/Flavors Archived 2014-05-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rimm, Robert (2002). The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press. p. 142. ISBN 1574670727. Retrieved 2013-03-18.