This week —
We're drinking Mint cocktails

👋 Hey there, welcome to our new subscribers and our old cocktail hands alike. Another Happy Friday (or potentially Saturday for our more easterly friends). Welcome to another ingredient deep dive and this time into the fresh and zingy .... mint.

Mint, like a lot of other herbs, can be a great addition to many cocktail, not just to the classic ubiquitous Mojito (and the countless fruit riff's), but also to a host of smashes, mules and swizzles alike (yep, all families of cocktails for you to explore). It can add a subtle undertone to freshen up a cocktail, or be the forefront flavour player and be letting you know that it's there to stay for the whole glass.

We've included some classic's in our top 4 cocktails this edition for you, from the Derby to the Mint Julep, so get trimming that mint plant and get shaking up a delicious fresh number this weekend.

We hope you're all safe out there wherever you are, happy weekend and enjoy a cocktail or two!

Happy shaking,
Nick
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The common garden mint that you've probably all come to associate with mint, is actually 'spearmint', and peppermint is actually a cross between spearmint and watermint! I've never had watermint - I think I need to find myself some and give it a go. But if that's easy enough to understand wait till you deep dive into the 30+ varieties such as pineapple mint, chocolate mint and ginger mint
🎥 How to use mint in cocktails (43s)
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What you should make this week
EASY
Derby (3 ingredients. )
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir well before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. ...
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EASY
Strawberry Mojito (5 ingredients. )
Muddle the strawberries and mint leaves with the sugar and Bacardi. Add this to a cocktail shaker with ice and the lemon juice. Shake and strain into a highball glass with ice. ...
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MEDIUM
Mint Julep (4 ingredients. )
Muddle the mint leaves with the sugar syrup to release the oils from the mint leaves. Add the bourbon and fill the lowball glass with crushed ice. Stir the drink and garnish with a sprig or two of ...
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HARD
Old Cuban (7 ingredients. )
Muddle the mint leaves and light rum in a mixing tin. Add the dark rum, sugar syrup, lime juice and a dash of Angostura Bitter. Shake well with lots of ice and strain into a lowball glass. Top up ...
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A quick history lesson
As Greek mythology goes, Mint actually derives it's name from Menthe, a water nymph who Hades (yep, the ol' god of the underworld) became enraptured with. However, non-too pleased with the situation Hades wife, Persephone, decided to turn Menthe into a plant that people would trample on. Hades, heartbroken, gave the now planty-Menthe the wonderful aroma so she would never be forgotten. So next time you're smacking that mint sprig, take a moment to think about the poor old water nymph.
🎥   The Story of Menthe (/Minthe) (2m 49s)    
🌱   Growing mint    
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