CREME De MENTHE (From Kitchen Cordials © 1979)

1 1/2 c. fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 c. sugar dissolved in 1/2 c. water
3 c. 80 proof vodka
1 T. finishing formula*

Put leaves in a large jar and cover with vodka. Let steep for 48 hours. Strain. Boil sugar, water and finishing formula. Cool and add to mint liqueur. Let stand til clear.

* Finishing formula is a mixture of glycerine and sorbital. You can buy it at home winemaking shops. You don't have to use it if you don't mind cordials being watery.

Creme De Menthe recipe is published in our March, 2004 Menu Minder.