Thursday, September 8, 2016

Green Devil

At last, the final drink in the series of Devil cocktails! The Green Devil is on par with the strength of the other "colored" Devils: The Blue Devil, Red Devil, Black Devil. It is not as strong as the infamous Little Devil, but beats the hell out of the Devil's Cocktail and Diablo in terms of strength.

When it comes to flavor characteristics, the port cocktails (Devil's and Diablo) and the Rum Martini-like Black Devil are more like colonial cocktails, made with pre-classical ingredients that were deemed really strong and somewhat sinister during their time. The Blue, Red and Green Devils have more modern and colorful ingredients that they take their name from. As a consequence, they have the associated flavors of these liqueurs. The Red is bitter from Campari, the Blue is citrus from Blue Curacao, and the Green is minty (oh, God is it minty) from creme de menthe.

The Green Devil is a robustly mint drink that isn't a bad as it sounds. It tastes like a mint Martini with a noticeably lime center. I actually liked it a little. There's something awesome about the cooling effect of the creme de menthe and looking at the creepy green color while it kicks your butt.

Creme de menthe and brightly colored cocktails became popular in the early 20th century when artificial coloring became available for liqueurs. Modern literature records this rise in the novels of the 1920s and 30s. A chapter of D. H. Lawrence's Women In Love is titled "Creme De Menthe," and shows London gentlemen drinking the spirit with prostitutes in a bar.
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. creme de menthe
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

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