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.
And now we have to talk about dairy equivalencies from region to region. This recipe calls for “light cream”, which isn’t sold everywhere, or at least not under that name. The simplest substitute is half and half, and you can buy it in the form of tubs of Land o’ Lakes Mini Moos from Amazon. I like to keep those on hand at the bar because they don’t need to be refrigerated, but they are real half and half.
In the US, you could also use “light whipping cream”. If you’re in the UK, “single cream” is the best call.