Mystic Mint Elixir Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Mystic Mint Elixir is a concoction that traces its roots back to the speakeasy era, where herbal liqueurs were a staple for their complex flavors and supposed medicinal properties. This shot is a modern twist, combining the herbal intensity of Green Chartreuse with the freshness of mint and the tanginess of lime. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a strong, botanical kick in their drinks.

  • Originally crafted by an anonymous mixologist
  • Inspired by the Prohibition-era cocktails
  • Best enjoyed by those with a penchant for herbaceous spirits

How Mystic Mint Elixir Tastes?

The Mystic Mint Elixir offers a symphony of flavors. It's herbaceous and complex, with a pronounced minty freshness. The Green Chartreuse provides a sweet yet spicy undertone, while the lime juice adds a citrusy zing, creating a balanced and invigorating shot.

Interesting facts about Mystic Mint Elixir

  • Green Chartreuse is one of the few liqueurs that continues to age and improve in the bottle
  • Mint leaves not only add flavor but also aid in digestion, making this shot a potential after-dinner treat
  • The name 'Elixir' suggests a magical or medicinal potion, fitting for a drink with such a rich herbal profile


Fresh Mint Leaves

Adding 7 mint leaves offers a refreshing, cool herbal note that is vital for the 'Mystic' part of our elixir. Too few, and you'll miss out on the magic; too many, and you risk overwhelming the potion...I mean, shot. No mint, no mystique. If you find yourself mintless, try a dash of peppermint extract as a plan B, but be ultra-careful as it's powerfully concentrated.

Mary Mitkina

Green Chartreuse

1.5 oz Green Chartreuse is the mighty elven potion lending complex flavor with its 130 herbs. Go less, and the mysticism fades; go more, and your shot may become a sorcerer too mighty for some. The Chartreuse is irreplaceable, but if you must, elderflower liqueur might do in a fairy's pinch for its floral character.

Alex Green

Sugar Syrup

0.5 oz sugar syrup sweetens the deal--enough to balance the tartness, not so much that it becomes cloying. Skimp and the sharpness may skew too sour; overpour and it's sticky spells you're casting. If sugar syrup isn't to hand, a spoonful of honey could charm your way through the recipe.

Emma Rose

Lime Juice

0.75 oz lime juice brings zesty acidity to the mix, vital for cutting through the sweetness and herby heft. Less lime might leave the concoction flat; more could lead to a tart takeover. No lime? A lemon might pinch-hit, but expect a less vibrant and more rounded citric edge.

Mary Mitkina

Soda Water

Top up with soda water for effervescent enlightenment. It's for that burst of fizz bringing everything together in bubbly harmony. No soda water means no sparkle in your sip—akin to a spell minus the flick of the wand. If out, a tiny splash of tonic could conjure a similar effervescence, with a tad extra bitterness.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Mystic Mint Elixir Drink

  1. Lightly muddle 7 fresh mint leaves in the base of a shaker.
  2. Add 1½ shots of Green Chartreuse, ½ shot of rich sugar syrup, and ¾ shot of freshly squeezed lime juice.
  3. Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
  4. Top up with a splash of soda water.
  5. Stir gently and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Slap the mint leaves between your hands before muddling to release the essential oils
  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor
  • Chill the shot glass beforehand to keep the Elixir cool and refreshing

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of hard cheeses, such as manchego or cheddar, complements the herbaceous notes of the shot.
  • Cucumber Sandwiches: The freshness of cucumber pairs well with the minty elements in the Mystic Mint Elixir.
  • Fried Calamari: The lime in the shot cuts through the richness of the fried squid.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The acidity from the lemon works in harmony with the tartness of the lime juice in the shot.
  • Mint Chocolate Desserts: A nod to the mint flavor, chocolate desserts with a hint of mint offers a delightful pairing.


  • Iced Green Tea: The herbal qualities resonate with the Green Chartreuse component of the shot.

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What you could change in Mystic Mint Elixir

  • Instead of Green Chartreuse, you can use another herbal liqueur like Strega or Benedictine
  • If you don't have rich sugar syrup, you can dissolve two parts sugar in one part hot water to make your own
  • Tonic water can be used as a substitute for soda water for a slightly different flavor profile

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And of course - twists🍹

The Enchanted Orchard

Substitute lime juice with apple cider vinegar for a tarter profile. Add a dash of cinnamon. Expect a more autumnal, mystical journey through an enchanted apple orchard with each shot.

The Alchemist's Brew

Swap soda water with ginger beer to add a spicy zing. The experience transforms into a more exotic and invigorating potion that could wake up even the drowsiest of sorcerers.

The Elderflower Spell

Mix in a splash of elderflower liqueur instead of soda water for a floral twist. The deployment of this magical ingredient adds an elegant enchantment sure to charm the creatures of the forest and the people of the village alike.

In case you forgot basics how to make Mystic Mint Elixir

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

Learn everything on how to stir

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Mystic Mint Elixir

What glassware is ideal for serving the Mystic Mint Elixir?

A chilled shot glass is recommended for the Mystic Mint Elixir to enhance its refreshing qualities.

Can I make the Mystic Mint Elixir in a large batch for a party?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe to serve in a pitcher or punch bowl. Remember to add the soda water just before serving to maintain its fizz.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Mystic Mint Elixir?

To make a non-alcoholic variant, omit the Green Chartreuse and substitute it with a herbal or mint-flavored syrup, adjusting the sweetness to taste.

How can I make the Mystic Mint Elixir if I don't own a cocktail shaker?

You can mix the ingredients directly in the glass with ice. Gently stir to combine everything well before serving.

Why is it important to use fresh mint leaves for the Mystic Mint Elixir?

Fresh mint leaves ensure the drink has a vibrant, aromatic mint flavor that dried leaves or mint extracts cannot provide.

What are some common tools needed to make a Mystic Mint Elixir?

Essential tools include a cocktail shaker, a muddler, a measuring jigger, and a strainer.

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