Thin Mint Cocktail

February 19, 2018
Grab your cocktail shaker and enjoy the fabulous flavors of Thin Mint cookies in cocktail form!  A Thin Mint cocktail is sure one tasty and fun way to enjoy those favorite flavors of Thin Mints. Made with Bailey's Irish cream, it's a perfect cocktail for St. Patrick's Day or any day of the year.

Thin Mint Cocktail image

"Cookie season" is in full swing! And we all know and love the most popular Girl Scout cookie, right? -- the famous Thin Mints.  With their chocolate covered minty crispy wafer, they're hard to resist, for sure.  The flavor's so hard to resist in fact, I even made my own Christmas homemade Thin Mints this past Christmas.

But what if you don't want to enjoy a Thin Mint cookie  at all?  What if you'd just like to enjoy those favorite flavors of Thin Mints in a different way?  Like in a fun cocktail form, perhaps.  Well, you absolutely can.

That's right, I've got a different way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout cookie -- the Thin Mint cocktail.

This fun cocktail is a combination of creme de menthe, creme de cacao, vanilla vodka, and Bailey's Irish cream mixed with some 1/2-&-1/2 for creaminess.  The creme de menthe and creme de cacao give this cocktail the mint-chocolate flavor to match that of its classic cookie inspiration.

And creme de menthe also gives it its pretty green color, too.

Thin Mint Cocktail with creme de menthe image

Thin Mint Cocktail Ingredients:

To whip up a tasty Thin Mint cocktail, you'll need:

  • Creme de Menthe - A mint liqueur that brings the signature mint flavor and the green color to the cocktail.

  • Creme de Cacao - A chocolate flavored liqueur that brings the cocktail's chocolate element.

  • Vanilla vodka - Brings a little sweetness to the drink. We do not recommend substituting regular unflavored vodka.

  • Bailey's Irish cream - A classic liqueur favorite made with Irish whiskey, cream, and cocoa. It brings a distinct flavor note to the drink.

  • Half-and-half - Adds a nice creamy texture to the cocktail. In a pinch, you can use whole milk as a substitute.

Creme de menthe comes in both a green version and a clear version.  To get its minty green color, make the cocktail with green creme de menthe instead of the clear, of course.

But creme de cacao impacts its color, too.

Creme de cacao comes in two color versions, as well ~ a dark brown version and a clear version.  When mixing up this Thin Mint cocktail for its photo shoot, I wondered if you could use either color just fine.  In the past I have always used clear creme de cacao ... but figured if I was curious about using dark creme de cacao, you all might be, too.  So I gave it a try.

When it comes to taste?  Yes, you can use either color of creme de cacao.  They both give the cocktail the chocolatey flavor it needs.

When it comes to the cocktail's color?  I wouldn't consider the two interchangeable.  Not if you want the minty-green color of the cocktails in my photos ... which is achieved using clear creme de cacao.

Here's a comparison of Thin Mint cocktails made with each color of creme de cacao:

Thin Mint Cocktail with creme de cacao image

As you can see, the one on the left is a pretty minty green.  It's made with clear creme de cacao.  The one on the right, made with brown creme de cacao, is more of a grayish-pea'ish green.  The flavor of the two is the same, but the one on the left is rather unappealing in its color.

I suggest sticking with clear creme de cacao to get its minty green hue.

How to Make a Thin Mint Cocktail:

It's super easy to mix up a Thin Mint cocktail. Start by putting a martini glass in the freezer for about 20 to 30 minutes to get is nice and cold. This step is optional -- but that frosting glass makes this drink extra fabulous.

Then simply place all the cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice, and give the mixture a good shake for about 30 seconds. Strain the shaken mixture into the prepared frosty martini glass, and you're good to go with sipping on the minty deliciousness.

While this cocktail is fabulous for enjoying on any day, its green color and touch of Bailey's Irish cream make it just perfect for St. Patrick's Day sipping, too.

So if you'd like to enjoy the fabulous flavors of Thin Mints in a fun cocktail form, grab your cocktail shaker, measure out some creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and Bailey's with your jigger, and shake them up! St. Patrick's Day, "cookie season," or not, it's sure one tasty and fun way to enjoy those favorite flavors of Thin Mints.

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Yield: 2 cocktails

Thin Mint Cocktail

Grab your cocktail shaker and enjoy the fabulous flavors of Thin Mints in cocktail form! A Thin Mint cocktail is sure one tasty and fun way to enjoy those favorite flavors of Thin Mints.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: total time: 5 M


  • 3/4 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1 ½ oz. green crème de menthe
  • 3 oz. clear crème de cacao
  • 3 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 6 oz. 1/2-&-1/2


How to cook Thin Mint Cocktail

  1. Chill 2 martini glasses in the freezer for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add Bailey's Irish cream, crème de menthe, crème de cacao, vanilla vodka, and ½-&-1/2. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  3. Strain shaken mixture into prepared glasses.
  4. Garnish with chocolate curls or chocolate shavings, if desired.
  5. NOTE: You can also simply mix all ingredients together and chill in the refrigerator before serving rather than using a cocktail shaker.
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  1. This is loaded with so many delicious flavors and it's a great St. Pat's day cocktail. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a treat! Definitely perfect for St Patrick's Day, Tracey! I'm featuring this post at the Hearth and Soul Link Party this week. Hope to 'see' you there! Have a great week!

  3. Tracey, this looks fantastic! Thanks for joining us on Friday Frenzy! P~

  4. Yes, Please! I'll take two!! Yummo!

  5. Thanks for sharing at the What's for dinner party. I'm looking forward to what you'll bring tomorrow!


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