Mint Highball, 1965 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Jul 18 2014 - 3:37am by RetroRuth

It’s time for a green cocktail!


This is Mint Highball.

Mint Highball
  • 2 ounces Crème De Menthe (green)
  • Soda
  1. Pour liqueur over ice cubes in short high-ball glass. Add soda to fill.


Do you like the new glass? It was a recent score from the local antiques festival. Tom and I spent about 45 rushed minutes there recently, trying to see everything before the baby got too hot, too tired, too hungry, too wet, etc. etc. But it was worth it, because we got some awesome glasses.




“Is it minty?”

“Not really. What it needs is some ice cream. Chocolate ice cream.”


The Verdict: Bland

From The Tasting Notes –

This pretty much tasted like soda with a hint of mint in it. Not much going on. Could have really used a hit of chocolate syrup or some creme de cacao and some ice cream. Then it would be something!

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  1. Susan Henry July 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    He's brave. Creme de menthe is kind of gross – I remember having a run-in with it in a friend's basement when I was 14. (The old sneaking-into-the-liquor-cabinet misadventure.)

  2. Amorette Allison July 18, 2014 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    I loved grasshoppers in my youthful drinking days. Friends of my parents served a small glass of creme de menthe over crushed ice as a finisher to a meal. Even more than moving to adults table at Thanksgiving, being offered "a little green one" was the sign of reaching grown-up status in my family.

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