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September 15th is National Creme de Menthe Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then let's get some flavor on your tongue because it's National Creme de Menthe Day!  Oh yes, it's time for some mint!  Let's get right into celebrating National Creme de Menthe Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, so many people love the taste of mint and a good percentage of those people also like tossing back the alcoholic beverages. And creme de menthe is a combination of those two well-liked things so there has to be a highly focused group of people who enjoy this drink, right? And what happens when you get a group of drunk people together? They're all about coming with crazy ideas, like celebrating their favorite drink every year on September 15th!  But you need to realize that, when you use the traditional recipe of making creme de menthe, you're going to end up with quite a strong drink! You start out with Corsican mint or peppermint leaves and you steep them in grain alcohol; this gives the drink a lot of flavor and a green tint. Then you just filter it, pop in some sugar and you're good to go!

And while it is mainly an alcoholic beverage, there are many things out there that are creme de menthe flavored, whether they actually have creme de menthe in them or not. But there are a lot of interesting drinks with creme de menthe in them. I mean look at these names... There's the Dirty Girl Scout, The Flaming Christmas Bastard, the Honest Broker, the Mexican Leprechaun and the Peppermint Penguin.  Which minty path will you choose?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you drink then just head on over to the liquor store and see if you can pick up a bottle of creme de menthe. Then invite some friends over and take a stab at a bunch of different drinks like the Drunken Elf, Frozen Grasshopper and Cold Shower. But If I were you, if you want to decide on which drink is the best, I would make one of each and then just sip at them here and there. Because if you finish drink after drink before deciding then all of the later drinks are going to taste amazing regardless of how good they are or not. If you drink a lot, I'm sure you'll know what I mean. ;)  But if you don't drink then you're welcome to pick up some non-alcoholic creme de menthe syrup to experiment with. You can make non-alcoholic versions of the drinks above or make up your own little mixtures. You could even add it to some cookies or a cake and see what happens. I bet you could even make your own creme de menthe lollipops.

But some candy companies are one step ahead of you and have produced creme de menthe candy. It's usually combined with chocolate but it still packs a minty punch! So stock up candy, get a little sloshed or get to sipping on that syrup, but just have fun with it! Hmm, I wonder if they make creme de menthe mouthwash?  Have a great day and enjoy the minty magic!





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