After-dinner drinks are back. At bars around the country, mixologists have unveiled revamped versions of sweet and creamy cocktails like the Grasshopper and the Stinger, which means they've been using lots of one key ingredient: crème de menthe. This minty, sweet liqueur is worth getting to know at home, too. So dig out that dusty bottle from the back of your pantry (or, preferably, invest in a superior craft bottling from Tempus Fugit) and start mixing up some delicious digestifs. Here, our best, balanced, refreshingly minty cocktails to make with crème de menthe.
This classic after-dinner drink calls for Cognac, crème de menthe and fresh mint.
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Mixologist Todd Thrasher loves reproducing the flavors of classic candies in cocktails. The Peppermint Paddy is his take on his wife Maria's favorite guilty pleasure.