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This grasshopper drink is a bright green cocktail that is creamy and minty. With its bright color and sweet taste it’s perfect for St Patrick’s Day or after dinner drinks.
What is a Grasshopper Drink?
The grasshopper drink is a combination of green creme de menthe, cream to cacao and heavy cream. The resulting drink is a bright green color and is full of minty chocolate flavor.
As the tale goes, this drink was invented in the early 1900s by a bar owner in New Orleans. But it’s sweet flavor it quickly became a favorite and was introduced as an IBA standard drink. This means that there are set ingredients for the cocktail.
Creme de menthe was invented in the late 1800s. It comes in both clear and green variations. The green variation is used for this drink. And it is where this drink gets its bright green color.
This liqueur is a very sweet, bright green minty flavored drink. The alcohol by volume can vary dependent on the brand but is usually around 20% alcohol by volume.
Creme de cacao is another type of liqueur. It also comes in two variations: dark and clear. So you could use either in this drink, but the best one to use is clear so that the bright green creme de menthe shines through.
This liqueur is typically a base Spirit like vodka that is flavored with chocolate. The resulting flavor is a very sweet chocolatey drink. The alcohol by volume for printing account also varies by brand that is typically around that 20% alcohol by volume as well.
Heavy cream is essentially the fat on top of milk. Is a thick, sweet and creamy drink. It amps up the creaminess of this cocktail.
When to Make This Drink:
With this drinks bright green color and sweet flavor it is well suited for a wide variety of occasions including:
- St Patrick’s Day
- after dinner drink
- date night
- dessert drinks
Since the strength is an IBA standard, there isn’t much to do to change it up. However, one variation on this drink is to make it frozen.
A frozen grasshopper drink is a combination of creme de menthe, creme de cacao and two scoops of ice cream in place of the heavy cream. The resulting drink is still brilliant green. And it tastes like a mint chocolate chip milkshake.
How to make this drink:
Free ingredients needed to whip this drink up, you can have this one made in 3 minutes or less. All you need to do is toss your ingredients together give them a good shake and pour them into your glass.
- 1 oz Green Creme de Menthe
- 1 oz Creme de cacao
- 2 oz Heavy cream
You’ll want to start out by making sure you have everything needed to make this drink. This includes creme de menthe, creme de cacao, heavy cream, a martini glass, a jigger, cocktail shaker, Hawthorne strainer and ice.
Place your Martini glass into the freezer to chill it. And also fill your cocktail shaker almost to the top with ice.
Go ahead and grab your creme de menthe. Use the jigger to measure out 1 oz and pour it into your cocktail shaker.
Go ahead and grab the creme decal. Use the jigger to measure out 1 oz and pour it into your cocktail shaker with the creme de menthe.
Go ahead and grab the heavy cream. Use the joker to measure out 2 oz and pour it into the cocktail shaker with the creme de cacao and creme de menthe.
Remove your martini glass from the freezer.
Place the top over your cocktail shaker and shake it well. This typically takes around 15 to 20 seconds and the outside of the shaker should become cool to the touch.
Replace the shaker top with the Hawthorne strainer. Then, carefully pour the drink from the shaker into the martini glass.
- Hawthorne strainer
- cocktail shaker
- Martini glass
- 1 oz Green Creme de Menthe
- 1 oz Clear Creme de Cacao
- 2 oz Heavy Cream
- Begin by getting everything needed to make the drink gathered up.
- Put your martini glass into the freezer to chill.
- Fill your cocktail shaker up with ice.
- Pick up your jigger and Green Creme de Menthe. Measure up 1 oz of Creme de menthe and toss it into the shaker.
- Pick up your jigger and Creme de Cacao. Measure up 1 oz of Creme de Cacao and toss it into the shaker.
- Pick up your jigger and heavy cream. Measure up 2 oz of heavy cream and toss it into the shaker.
- Take your chilled martini glass out of the freezer.
- Put the lid on the top of the shaker and shake it up. This takes about 15 seconds.
- Replace the shaker lid with the hawthorne strainer and pour your drink into the martini glass.