Mixology Monday III: Mint
The Mint Divine was a cocktail I came across in a summer edition of the LCBO Food & Drink magazine. The drink combines two great summer ingredients, one being mint of course and the other being lemonade. A nice glass of cold lemonade on a scorching summer day is a welcome sight, but if you add some mint and Canadian whisky, it becomes divine.
The recipe calls for Canadian whisky because this drink is suppose to be light and refreshing. Using bourbon might not work so well with the lemonade, in a refreshing manner, so using Crown Royal or Gibsons would work very well. The other option is to use sour mix instead of lemonade, and I mean fresh sour mix. Simple squeeze 2 oz of fresh lemon juice and add two ounces of simple syrup. If it’s too sweet and more lemon juice and if it’s to sour add more simple syrup. The only other thing I might do is add an egg white to give it that whisky sour effect. This probably not a good idea during the day, but in the evening it would probably be a nice edition.
1 1/2 oz Canadian Whisky
6 torn mint leaves
4 oz lemonade
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Canadian whisky, torn mint leaves, and lemonade. Shake well and fine strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a mint sprig.
The Centaur Cocktail
The other drink for this edition of Mixology Monday is a rehash of a previously posted recipe for the Centaur cocktail. Why am I rehashing this? Because it’s a great cocktail that deserves more attention and it just happens to include mint. The basis for the Centaur is the Mojito, except in place of rum, cognac is used, instead of soda water, ginger ale is used and instead of lime, we use lemon. That’s the original recipe and it is a great tasting alternative to the Mojito.
The only modifications I like to make is to use Metaxa, which is a Greek brandy that has additional herbs and spices added from a secret botanical mix. I find that the flavour profile of Metaxa works well in this drink. Also, the Centaur is a mythical Greek creature, so a drink named the Centaur should have some Greek connection. The name for the drink actually originated from Remy Martin Cognac since their logo is the Centaur.
This month's Mixology Monday is being hosted by Kaiser Penguin.