This aperitif is one of our sexy vanilla recipes .
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1/2 cup plus 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 ounces vanilla vodka
- 2 ounces clear creme de menthe liqueur
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla powder
Make a mint syrup by mixing 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small pot over medium-high heat. Stir until sugar dissolves, and bring to a boil; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat; add mint. Cool completely. Strain, discarding mint.
Add ice water to 4 cordial glasses. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then add vanilla vodka, liqueur, and 2 ounces mint syrup; shake well.
Pour remaining syrup on a small plate; mix 1/3 cup sugar with vanilla powder on another. Drain ice water from glasses. Dip rims in syrup, then in vanilla sugar to coat. Strain cocktail into glasses, and garnish each with mint sprigs (if using).