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May 19, 2011 05:40 PM

Need Easy-to-Make Cocktail w/Mint Simple Syrup (not a Mint Julep)

Hi all,

I'm having people over tomorrow night, and want to provide one show-offy cocktail along with the wine and beer. I have a good amount of mint simple syrup leftover from our Derby Party, and would love to use that. My guests are probably pretty game, but are not too experienced with GOOD cocktails. What can you think of that I make that won't be too time consuming for me drink-by-drink, and will still make an impression?


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  1. This is a crowd-pleaser. Not particularly challenging, but many may not have had a Caipirinha. A Batida is essentially a flavored Caipirinha. Cachaca is a flavorful rum-like spirit from Brazil. Use your syrup in lieu of the regular simple + mint.

    Watermelon Batida
    by Dan Chadwick, but surely lots of people have done this sort of thing.

    2 oz Cacha├ža
    1/2 oz Lime juice
    1/4 oz Simple syrup (or more to taste)
    1 oz Watermelon (pureed with immersion blender)
    1 spg Mint (muddled)

    Puree watermelon, muddle mint, add ingredients, shake w/ ice, fine strain. Rocks. Low-ball

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    1. The French Pearl is my new fave after having it at Pegu Club. Calls for muddling mint, but I bet you could use the infused syrup to good effect. Depends on how your crowd is with gin and absinthe, but both are relatively tame in this.

      French Pearl created by Audrey Saunders - The Pegu Club, NYC
      2 oz Plymouth Gin
      1/4 oz Pernod Absinthe
      3/4 oz fresh lime juice
      3/4 oz Fee Brothers Rock Candy syrup
      1 mint sprig

      Muddle mint with rest of ingredients in cocktail shaker, add ice, shake well, double strain, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.