Regular readers will recall that the Princess and I made mint essence over the summer. When we took it out from its cool dark place after a month of resting, we strained out the mint and tasted it. It looked a revolting brown colour. It smelt absolutely vile and, I regret to tell you that it tasted revolting. That’s â‚¬20 worth of vodka literally down the drain. Next time, we’ll just buy peppermint essence. Sigh.