Tuesday, July 14

Green Lady – A Cocktail Recipe

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What is the origin of the word cocktail.  What has a cock’s tail or, for that matter, a fowl’s got to do with mixed drinks?

Technically speaking, any mixed beverage with one of its ingredients being alcohol may be termed a cocktail.

More of a cooking buff I paid scant attention to cocktail mixing but caught up soon with the art as I was smart enough to understand its paybacks at a party.  This led me to embark on an experiential journey of mixing this and that.  Mocktails and Cocktails.  On a serious note, however, I am not exactly a fan of the mocktails theory or what are but virgin cocktails.  No spirit really, at least not to me. 🙂

So here’s one of my safe choices for a cocktail recipe, one that almost always never goes wrong.

Green Martini (photo credit: Pixabay)


Gin (perhaps a Vodka would go well too)

Khus Green Syrup – 90ml

Dukes Lemonade – a little less than a cup

Lime Juice – 20 to 30ml

Mint Leaves – a fresh bunch, or a handful – from large hands

Cherries (for garnishing, if need be)

Ice cubes

Martini cocktail glass/es


  • Throw some ice rocks into a pestle. Add a good bit of fresh mint leaves followed by some lime juice.  
  • Add a bit of Khus syrup, after giving the Khus bottle a good shake.

Watchout Tip: Do not add a drop over the defined quantity as Khus like bad perfume could affect the aroma of the drink.

  • Pour the “mixer”, which is lemonade in this case, into the mixture. Then beat it well enough for the aroma of mint to blend in nicely.
  • A cake beater should be good enough.

Watchout Tip: Avoid using a grinder or blender as it will not produce the same effect as muddling/beating.  You won’t want the drink to be a watered down version of a green paste.

  • Strain the blend into the Martini cocktail glass directly (or into a separate pitcher).
  • Add a shot of gin, then stir gently.
  • Garnish with a few mint leaves. Or pop in a cherry, if you like.
  • If you’ve got it right, you’ll get the minty whiff far before you’ve sipped the drink.

I really dig this cocktail as it brings on the flavours of a herb garden.  Is light on the palate, mildly bubbly and refreshing.  A summer drink.


About Author

Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by Feedspot.com ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.


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