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So, after struggling for a few months on how to get a good mint infused vodka martini without the extreme flavor of a Vodka Stinger (equal parts Creme de Menthe and Vodka — incorrectly labeled as a mintini here) I sucked it up and created a mint simple syrup that I now have two recipes for.

Mint-Infused Simple Syrup

This was surprisingly easy. And remember from The Rules, I screw up all things housewifery. But if you can’t do this, maybe you should leave cocktail making for someone else.

Recipe:

1 cup of water

1 cup of sugar

1 container of Mint Leaves (I used the 2/3 oz container you get from the grocery store.)

  • Combine the water, sugar, and mint leaves into a pot. I did not remove the mint from the stems.
  • Boil.
  • After about 2-4 minutes of a roaring boil remove from heat.
  • Dance until it cools.
  • Remove the mint. By leaving it on the stems you can use a fork and get almost all of the mint out. A few leaves may have fallen off which should be removed.
  • I used a home made funnel, otherwise known as a piece of a paper, and poured the contents into an empty vodka bottle that was anxiously awaiting the recycle bin.
  • Refridgerate until it cools.

When I made this, it made about 350-400 mL or about 12-14 oz. There are debates on how long simple syrup will last in the fridge. From what I’ve seen for about 2-4 weeks. If it lasts longer, you may have demonically possessed simple syrup and should seek a priest immediately.

The Drinks:

Now, because I had made simple syrup I started out with the following recipe.

Mintini

2 oz unflavored Vodka

1 oz Dry Vermouth

1 oz.  Mint-Infused Simple Syrup

  • Add ice to a martini shaker.
  • Add all ingredients.
  • Shake dramatically.
  • Pour and enjoy!

Evaluation:

I really liked this cocktail. It is sweet though, since the drink is a fourth simple syrup. It does not have the bite or flavor of the original vodka martini, so the drink was slightly off the mark. However, Michael and I have strong hopes after tasting it that this has the potential of being a very popular cocktail. This will be something I will drink again. Mint has a very strong flavor so I moved to try anther variation.

Mint Vodka Martini

2 oz unflavored Vodka

1 oz Dry Vermouth

1/2 oz.  Mint-Infused Simple Syrup

  • Add ice to a martini shaker.
  • Add all ingredients.
  • Shake dramatically.
  • Pour and enjoy!

Evaluation:

This drink has the strength of the original vodka martini I was looking for. By removing half an ounce of simple syrup, the mint flavor was still prevalent but it removed the sweetness. This better resembled the traditional dry vodka martini recipe and had the mint aftertaste. Both of these cocktails were quite refreshing and are good for summer. But why wait? Try now.

Cost

Both of these drinks are surprisingly cheap. I will assume you have water and sugar in your apartment.

To purchase all necessary ingredients:

1 750 mL bottle of Vodka: $15

1 750 mL bottle of Dry Vermouth: $7.50

2/3 oz mint leaves (1 package at the grocery store): $2.00

Total cost: $30

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