The Grasshopper cocktail is an old classic that’s very simple. It tastes like a chocolate mint milkshake, and has fallen out of favor for that reason. And yet, look at all those candy ‘tinis people just can’t get enough of. At least this drink has the good breeding to hail from the French Quarter of New Orleans.
This drink doesn’t have much of a kick. It really tastes like chocolate mint candy converted into a liquid form with only a slight kick, and I think it’s due a revival. It’s definitely not up everyone’s alley, but if you like Thin Mints or peppermint patties, this drink is worth a try.
Maybe its simplicity is what’s caused it to lose popularity. Maybe it didn’t have any purple basil or ghost peppers, so it’s just not what hipster drinkers are looking for. But we’re not all hipsters. Some of us want drinks that taste good, even if they were around when your granddad was a young man.
What makes this drink somewhat unique is that it has a creamy component you don’t find in every creme de menthe cocktail. That gives it a different texture, and makes both the chocolate and mint more mellow in flavor. There are no sharp edges to this drink. It’s smooth, infinitely drinkable, fairly weak and not at all pretentious.
This recipe calls for “light cream”, which isn’t sold everywhere, or at least not under that name. Amazon doesn’t even carry such a thing, probably because it’s well known on the west coast of the US where they are. If your store doesn’t offer “light cream”, the best substitute in the US is “light whipping cream”, or for a lower fat option you can go for a blend of milk and cream (called “half and half” in some regions, and that’s one Amazon has heard of). If you’re in the UK, “single cream” is the best call.
Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe
- 3/4 ounce green creme de menthe
- 3/4 ounce white creme de cacao
- 3/4 ounce light cream (or single cream, in the UK)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in all ingredients. Shake until chilled, and strain the mixture into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.