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Mar 15, 2011 11:42 AM

Alcohol-free creme de menthe in Montreal?

I'm wondering if anyone has come across alcohol-free creme de menthe. I have a recipe for Grasshopper Pie I'd like to make for St. Paddy's day, but don't want to feed my 4-year-old the alcohol in real creme de menthe liqueur. Any leads are welcome. Thanks!

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  1. Could you just find a recipe that uses peppermint extract instead? Available at Anatol's and supermarkets.

    1. Aubut behind the Atwater Market should stock it.

      1. Aubut has a bunch of dealcoholised booze for cooking. I don't know if they have creme de mint, but it might be worth giving them a call.

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        1. re: SnackHappy

          Of course! (slapping my forehead) and it's only a 5-minute walk from me. Thank you.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            They do? REALLY? Ooooers! (have you tried any of it and it is drinkable? EDIT: And is it in the PDF catalogue cuz I am unable to find it; maybe I'm using the wrong search terms)

            1. re: TheSnowpea

              I couldn't find it in the catalogue either, but they're there. IIRC they're near the chocolate and the other baking and confectionery stuff.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Just saw this, many thanks. Still have to make it to Aubut.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  Just got to Aubut -- really interesting place. Finally figured where caterers have been getting those fancy cocktail picks and mini verrines.

                  Anyhow, I found the products you mentioned, right next to the baking and confectionery, but they aren't alcohol-free. They are 'modified alcohols', with flavours going from vodka to calvados, and clocking in at 40%, AND you need a restaurant or bakery permit to buy them, according to the signs posted next to them.

                  For those who like Torani syrups, there's a fair selection on offer, including 3 sugar free flavours (almond rocca, vanilla and caramel, I think).

            2. At Milano, la Vieille Europe, etc... you can find a green mint syrup (just like blackcurrant or grenadine syrup) that is often used in drinks such as diabolo-menthe.

              1. sorry, I have a "28 Days Later' flashbacks...

                can't you use Teisseire Mint syrup which should be available at places like "5 Saisons", Vieille Europe or Gourmet Laurier ?