Creme de Menthe (green & white)
Creme de menthe is a sweet, mint-flavored alcoholic beverage. Herb liqueur made from natural essence of peppermint, sugar and alcohol. It come in two versions, green and white (clear). There is no noticeable flavor difference between the two. Both varieties and are interchangeable in recipes, except where the color is important. Green creme de Menthe obtains its color from the mint leaves or from the addition of coloring, if extract and not the leaves are used to make the liqueur. Crème de menthe is used as an ingredient in several cocktails and is also served as an after-dinner drink and can be used in food recipes as a flavoring. The traditional formula involves steeping dried peppermint leaves in grain alcohol for several weeks (creating a naturally green color), followed by filtration and the addition of sugar. A simple recipe is to mix the creme de menthe with ice cream which creates a mint like shake. Toppings are also sometimes used including nuts, or pecans.