Rosolio alla Menta
In Greek mythology mint was the symbol of
hospitality. The attractive green colored mint rosolio is a refreshing drink and served with plenty of ice on
Mint liquor is also mixed to make cocktails,
however since ancient times mint tea or a forerunner of mint rosolio that is an infusion with mint, honey and
wine was a common remedy for cough and sore throat.
As a child the mint rosolio was captivating
my imagination and I liked it for the green color and the cool sensation that it gave to my throat: my mother
would give me a tablespoon of it to cure my fake mal di gola- sore throat, or coughing.
Makes About 2
• About 75 mint leaves.
1 ¼ cups)
• 2 cloves, crushed
• 1 qt. 100 proof vodka
• 2 cups of sugar (1 lb.)
• 2 cups of water
Carefully sort and discard any bruised mint
leaves. Wash thoroughly with cold water. Place in a colander and drain for a few minutes. Gently pat dry with a clean dish
towel or paper towels.
In a large and airtight jar mix the mint,
cloves and the vodka: seal and marinade for 2 days. Place the jar in a cool place and shake it
In a saucepan, over a medium heat, combine
and mix the sugar and the water; keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat and simmer the syrup
for 15 minutes, without boiling it. Set aside to cool.
The Mint Rosolio
Combine the cooled syrup with the mint
infusion and strain the rosolio using a paper filter or a piece of cotton cloth or a few layers of cheesecloth;
discard the mint and any residue.
Bottle and seal the rosolio: it will be ready
to use in about two weeks.