Apple Mint Cocktail
Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) is often seen as a weed, most likely because of its aggressive growing but I find the flavour to be incredible compared to its perennial cousins.
It has a more pronounced flavour and because of its large woolly leaves, you need to use a lot less than normal mint. Interestingly, Mint works perfectly well alongside strong flavours such as rich meats and dark chocolate.
Remember to take care of the delicate leaves. Damaging the leaf too much can cause the colour pigment chlorophyll to create a bitter taste and turns the leaves black. A gentle spank between your hands will do the trick in releasing the essential oils!
We’ve used an ‘Old Tom’ gin for this recipe, due to the increased sweetness and licorice notes found in this style. We feel this combination works better but that decision is ultimately up to you!
This is a great alcohol infusion but if you have any apple mint leftover why not think about making a syrup?
70cl Old Tom Gin
50g Apple Mint
This a fairly straight forward, shaken cocktail based in the Southside recipe. You will need the following equipment. A decent cocktail shaker, a hawthorn, and fine strainer. The cocktail is served up so you will want to use a martini glass or Nick and Nora for this. You can find a list of our top pick cocktail equipment here.
50ml Apple Mint Gin
20ml lime juice
15ml sugar syrup
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