Don’t Skimp the Mint

Volcano Bowl from (now lost) Tiki Tango in Atlanta, GA.
Oh, to the happy green plant used each day
To garnish tiki cocktails, works of art I must say.

A leaf, a sprig, or a stem are too few.
A bunch or a handful only will do.

     When the cocktail is shaken from the heart of a gent,
     Grab a bundle and smack it, and don’t skimp the mint.

Cultivated by the Egyptians around 3,000 years ago.
Embraced by Vic and Don, tiki guys we all know.

Aromatic sweetness, cool and strong,
Square stems branching lanceolated leaves, one can’t go wrong.
	
     When the cocktail is shaken from the heart of a gent.
     Grab a bundle and smack it, and don’t skimp the mint.

Special spirits and juices are mixed
Receiving stems smoothly slid into ice pebbles betwixt.

The glass with fruit is garnished, 
And finally, the swizzle is swished.

     When the cocktail is shaken from the heart of a gent.
     Grab a bundle and smack it, and don’t skimp the mint.

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