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]


Popular culture[edit]

  • On Episode 3 of Season 3 of Agatha Christie's Poirot titled "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery", Poirot toasts Captain Hastings with a shot of Crème de menthe for a mystery successfully solved.
  • 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 menthe.
  • 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 22 of Season 2 of the sitcom Friends, "The One with the Two Parties", the character Phoebe Buffay offers a crème de menthe to Leonard Green to try and stall him from running into his wife.
  • 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 liqueur before.
  • In the popular Billy Connolly joke, "Two Scotsmen in Rome", Crème de menthe is suggested to be the Pope's favoured beverage. This results in the two Scotsmen naively drinking the liqueur in pints.
  • In the twelfth episode of the first season 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.
  • In the episode “I Right the Wrongs” from season 4 of the sitcom Grounded for Life, bar owners Sean and Eddie Finnety are inadvertently given an enormous supply of créme de menthe from their supplier and are driven to unscrupulous means to unload all of it.
  • In season 6 episode 5 of Rescue Me Main character Tommy Gavin tries to recall what happened the previous night when he blacked out after drinking a bottle of whiskey that was spiked with GHB. He wakes up in the morning with green lips and finds out that he was seen vomiting a green liquid in the lobby of an apartment building. This turned out to be the result of having also drank an entire bottle of Crème de Menthe.


  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.