The Grasshopper Cocktail is a sweet, minty, chocolatey, and creamy adult drink. This is colorful and has a ton of flavor, to match. If you are looking for a fun, green drink that might be just as close to a dessert as a cocktail, the Grasshopper is for you. Give this drink a try today!
This is a simple drink. Just put some clear Crème de Cacao, dark Crème de Menthe, and some heavy cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Give that combination a good shake and pour into a coupe glass, cocktail glass, or martini glass. Maybe you garnish it with a little mint, chocolate, or even both!
We use two different Crème liquors in this drink. Each could really be drunk on their own, but work really well as a combination.
Crème de Cacao
This is a chocolate-flavored liquor that has been around as far back as the 1600s. There are a few different versions of this cocktail, however. It comes in a dark variety and a light variety. For this drink, use the light stuff, as it will help give it a better grasshopper green color.
Crème de Menthe
This liquor has been around for a very long time and has a French origin. While this is the younger of the two liquors (late 1800s), it also tastes great alone. Combine it with the rest of this cocktail’s ingredients, however, and we have something really special.
What Kind of Dairy To Use
I call for heavy whipping cream, because I don’t skimp when it comes to cream. The reality is, however, you can use what you have. If you only have 2%, use that. Whole milk? Use that. Skim? Well, we might start some fighting words, but you could use that. Use heavy whipping cream for the best cocktail.
History of the Grasshopper Cocktail
As we already noted, Crème de Cacao has a long history and Crème de Menthe goes back to the late 1800s. The Grasshopper Cocktail, however, has a New Orleans origin from around 1918. Actually, the legend is that it was a New Orleans bar owner, Philip Guichet, who entered into a cocktail contest in New York City. The result ended up being the Grasshopper Cocktail.
The restaurant and bar in question is still in business and can be visited today. Philip Guichet was the proprietor of Tujague’s. They have a history that goes back over 160 years. What a history, right? Well, one piece of their legacy is claiming the Grasshopper Cocktail as their creation.
I tried a search of general media to see if I could better corroborate that history, but I could only find a printed record of the Grasshopper going back to a 1950 Town and Country magazine. In the 50s and 60s, this drink gained quite a bit of popularity and I understand why. It is delicious.
Grasshopper Cocktail Tips
- Use light Creme de cocoa to get the best color.
- I use a coupe glass, but you can use a rocks glass or a martini glass if it works better for you
- A little chocolate goes great with this.
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The classic Grasshopper cocktail is easy to make and a delicious drink. Chocolate, mint, and cream come together to make this wonderful sweet drink. Dessert in a coupe glass.
- 1 ½ Ounce dark Crème de Menthe
- 1 ½ Ounce light Crème de Cacao
- 1 ½ Ounce heavy whipping cream
- Chocolate, for garnish (optional)
- Mint, for garnish (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a shaker
- Shake for a good 15 seconds
- Strain into a coupe glass or martini glass
- I use a coupe glass, but a martini glass or rocks glass would work, as well
- While I use DeKuyper® Cordials & Liqueurs for the Crème de Menthe and Crème de Cacao, use the brand that you like.
- I make opinions about dark/light versions of the drinks. This mostly impact
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Shaker
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 drink
- Calories: 411
- Sugar: 24 g
- Fat: 18 g
- Saturated Fat: 11 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
- Carbohydrates: 35 g
- Cholesterol: 60 mg
Keywords: Grasshopper Cocktail