Sunday, October 25

Green Lady – A Gin and Mint 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 and the others a melange of mixtures is a cocktail.  As long as the spirits keep you in good spirits, are refreshing and relaxing they have served their purpose.

More of a cooking buff that I am, 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

On a serious note, however, I am not exactly a fan of the mocktails theory or what are called virgin cocktails.  No spirit in mocktails, at least not the alcoholic type of spirit that goes into a cocktail.

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

Green Lady - A Gin and Mint Cocktail Recipe

A light and refreshing summer drink, mildly bubbly and green.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Servings 1 person


  • Martini Glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice box
  • Bar blender


  • 5-6 red cherries (for garnishing, - optional)

Ingredients for Gin and Mint Cocktail

  • 1 shot gin (you may use vodka as well based on your preferance)
  • 90 ml Khus green syrup
  • 2 ml lime juice
  • ½-1 cup lemonade
  • 10-12 mint leaves (a fresh bunch, or a handful – from large hands)
  • 7-8 cubes ice
  • 5-6 red cherries (for garnishing, - optional)


Steps for making Gin and Mint Cocktail

  • 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.
  • Now pour the lemonade.
  • Then muddle the mixture well enough for the aroma of mint to blend in nicely. A bar blender should be great for this.
  • 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 drop in a cherry, if you like.
  • If you’ve got it right, you’ll get the minty whiff far before you’ve even sipped the drink.


Watchout Tips :
1) Do not add a drop over the defined quantity as Khus like bad perfume could affect the aroma of the drink.
2) 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.

I have a preference for gin drinks with mint and this particular Gin and Mint cocktail for the sweet fragrance it brings, with khus being a natural vitriver.  It is light on the palate, mildly bubbly and refreshing.  A summer gin with mint cocktail.


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 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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