The Grasshopper is a classic cocktail, known for its minty flavor. The Grasshopper gets its name from its green hue. Originating in New Orleans in the 1950s, the Grasshopper has stood the test of time to become part of the pantheon of iconic cocktails.
- 1 part green creme de menthe
- 1 part creme de cacao
- 1 part cream
- Mint sprigs
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with mint leaves for presentation. Serve and enjoy!
The Grasshopper has quite a few variations. That happens a lot when you have a cocktail that only has a few ingredients and is a certified classic. Here are some reworkings of the Grasshopper that most people will recognize.
- Flying Grasshopper: Also known as a Vodka Grasshopper. Equal parts white crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, vodka, and cream.
- Dirty Grasshopper: Also known as a Mexican Grasshopper. One part each Kahlúa and green creme de menthe, filled with milk.
- Frozen Grasshopper: ¾ ounce each of green crème de menthe and white crème de cacao, and two ounces of vanilla (or mint ship) ice cream, blended.
- Dead Grasshopper: One ounce each of green creme de menthe, white crème de cacao, milk, and a dash of Aftershock cinnamon schnapps.
The Grasshopper drink recipe has stood the test of time for a reason. This simple, but effective cocktail is a minty, creamy dessert style drink that everyone enjoys.
History of the Grasshopper
Most cocktail historians name Tujague’s in the French Quarter of New Orleans as the birthplace of the original Grasshopper. The interesting part about all of this is that the Grasshopper was a contest entry in a cocktail contest, during Prohibition circa 1928. Allegedly, this was originally a layered drink, with the cream being an optional layer. in time, the Grasshopper spread throughout the Southern US, and by the late 1950s, it was known everywhere.