There are several very different drink recipes that go by the name “Jade cocktail”. For maximum enjoyment, you will need at least two of them in your life, naturally. I picked the two most different from each other. It seems you can put pretty much anything green together and call it a Jade. But I think the first recipe is best.
The first one reminds me a little bit of a Mojito, because it features rum, creme de menthe and lime. Then it also adds some Cointreau orange liqueur, and that changes the flavor profile. The drink becomes citrus with hints of mint and caramel. It’s refreshing and tasty – neither too sweet nor too tart.
The second version gets its green color from Midori and blue curacao. To that it adds lime and bitters, for tartness and spice… and then you add champagne, which surprised me. It seemed like the flavor of champagne might get lost in the strong taste of the fruity liqueurs and the lime juice.
But the end result tastes sweet and tart, with lots of fruity notes and a hint of spice from the bitters. And the bubbles add a refreshing touch.
Jade Cocktail Recipe #1
- 2 ounces white rum
- 1/4 ounce green creme de menthe
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
Shake everything up with ice and strain it into a martini glass.
Jade Cocktail Recipe #2
Put the Midori, Curacao, lime juice and Angostura bitters into a shaker and shake vigorously with ice until the shaker’s very frosty on the outside. Strain that into a chilled flute glass. Top it off with chilled champagne and garnish with a slice of lime.