Grasshopper drink recipe


a Martini glass. 1 shot De Kuyper Green Crème de Menthe Liqueur 1 shot Creme de cacao liqueur (white) 1 shot Single cream / half-and-half 1 shot Milk

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How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

It’s hard not to like this creamy, slightly sweet minty after dinner treat.

Most recipes for the Grasshopper are 1 part white crème de cacao, 1 part green crème de menthe and 2 parts cream, but this makes for an overly heavy drink. We prefer to lighten this cocktail by introducing milk to dilute the cream, so conveniently also making this an equal parts recipe.

Created at Tujague’s, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, which was opened in 1856 by Guillaume Tujague. Some time before he died in 1912, Guillaume sold the restaurant to Philibert Guichet Jr., who in the 1920s won second prize in a prestigious New York cocktail competition for this drink.

Given the period this cocktail was popular, the 1970s and 80s, it’s not surprising that some illustrious bartender thought to add vodka to create the rather better Flying Grasshopper cocktail.

There are approximately 236 calories in one serving of Grasshopper.

The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink

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The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink is dessert in a glass. In fact, there are few desserts that actually taste this darn good, the chocolate and mint flavour is so strong and decadent, it’s literally like drinking the best mint chocolate dessert that you can think of! Skip dessert and have this instead!

The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink

How to Make the Grasshopper Drink

I’m sure you all could guess that Karlynn loved this Grasshopper drink, but I was surprised that *I* liked it as well. I’m not really a guy that likes sweet drinks – I’m more of the Old Fashioned cocktail type of guy as you know- but this? I took one sip of the one in the photo that I made for Karlynn and promptly decided that I was having one for dessert after supper. It rings in at 184 calories – and it’s well worth it instead of a slice of cake. If you really want to amp up your Grasshopper drink, add on a mint patty as a garnish and a piece of mint. We used a chocolate turtle – and it was just as good. Karlynn of course, wants mint next time.

The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink garnished with mint and chocolate

What is in a Grasshopper Cocktail Drink?

The Grasshopper drink is a mere three ingredients ( four or five if you want to garnish) and ice. All that’s in a grasshopper is:

  1. Creme de Menthe
  2. White Creme de Cacao
  3. heavy cream
  4. chocolate shavings for garnish
  5. mint patty or other chocolate for garnish

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The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink

The Grasshopper Cocktail Drink is dessert in a glass. In fact, there are few desserts that actually taste this darn good, the chocolate and mint flavour is so strong and decadent, it’s literally like drinking the best mint chocolate dessert that you can think of! Skip dessert and have this instead!


  • 3/4 fluid ounce creme de menthe
  • 3/4 fluid ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/4 fluid ounce heavy cream
  • 1 cup ice


Cover and shake until chilled. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

If wanted, sprinkle chocolate shavings on top and garnish with a piece of chocolate.

Nutrition Information

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How to Make a Grasshopper

It’s bright green dessert in a cocktail glass.

green crème de menthe

white crème de cacao

  1. Add ingredients (except mint) to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

That’s not a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake you see in front of you. It’s not a Dairy Queen Mint Malt. It is a Grasshopper, a certified adult beverage that happens to look like green-tinted Pepto-Bismol. Made with two kinds of crème liqueur—de menthe for minty freshness and de cacao for unabashed sweetness—and a healthy pour of straight cream itself, it’s a drink that’s not to everyone’s taste. But if you’re in need of a cocktail that dressed itself with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, a boozy York Peppermint Patty, or just a plain old sugar rush, the Grasshopper is a real winner. Traditionally, it calls for equal parts of each ingredient, but you might find your own variation on the formula more palatable.

A Little Background

So when was this minty milkshake created? As you can probably guess based on the fustiness it exudes so well, it was many, many years ago. The most-cited story pegs New Orleans as its city of origin, at a bar called Tujague’s that first opened in 1856. Tujague’s likely started serving Grasshoppers in 1919, a New Orleans food historian by the name of Poppy Tooker told Eater. It could’ve been earlier during Prohibition days, but finding evidence of that is tricky. The restaurant, which is still around to this day and celebrating its 160th anniversary, took to serving Grasshoppers with a brandy float in this century. The name, of course, comes from its vibrant verdant color.

A few decades later, in a much colder American city, Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee started switching out the heavy cream in Grasshoppers for straight up ice cream, which helped usher in an era of ice cream cocktails. Bryant’s still serves that version of the drink to this day.

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You’ll notice that the Grasshopper does not contain hard alcohol. That’s easy to fix. Pour in some vodka. Or perhaps white rum—even try swapping the heavy cream for Malibu. Other creamy drinks that live in the same family as the Grasshopper include the White Russian (with vodka, Kahlúa, and heavy cream) and the Brandy Alexander (with brandy, crème de cacao, and heavy cream). A Green Fizz will get you crème de menthe, gin, and another vibrant hue.

What You Need

Here’s what you need to do a Grasshopper justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.

Grasshopper Cocktail

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

Skip dessert and go straight for the Grasshopper! This is a delicious green martini that is light on the alcohol and heavy on the sweet flavor. It is a pure chocolate-mint delight.

One of the great aspects about the Grasshopper is that you can experiment with the ratio to suit your personal taste. If you feel like a little more chocolate, add more crème de cacao. Is mint on your mind tonight? Simply ramp up the crème de menthe.

This is a brilliant and easy dessert cocktail and if you would like to enjoy a similar drink served over ice, give the Peppermint Patty a try.


  • 3/4 ounce cream
  • 3/4 ounce white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce green crème de menthe
  • Optional: shaved chocolate, cocoa powder or finely crushed graham crackers (for rimming)

Steps to Make It

Gather the ingredients.

If rimming the glass, do so now.

Next, pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

Serve and enjoy!

More Tips for Making a Great Grasshopper Cocktail

The Signature Grasshopper Green. The suggestion of white and green liqueurs creates a pale green cocktail. However, if you use either the brown (cacao) and white (menthe) options of either liqueur, you will have a drink that is pale brown.

Remember that neither liqueur is ‘creamy’ and that the cream of the Grasshopper comes from the actual dairy cream. ‘Crème’ liqueurs simply designate that they are higher in sugar than other liqueurs.

Add Flavored Vodka. Add a fresh twist to this popular cocktail by bringing a flavored vodka into the mix. There are many great options to choose from and you might begin with one of the espresso vodkas or any of the whipped cream and other dessert vodkas. Chocolate vodka would be another way to increase the cocoa.

If you opt for this upgrade, begin with an equal amount (3/4-ounce) to the other ingredients. The goal is to accent the cocktail, not overpower it.

To Rim or Not to Rim. The last thing that you may want to consider is rimming the glass. Plain sugar would be a quick option, though you could also mix in a dusting of cocoa powder or even finely crushed graham crackers.

For a more refined chocolate experience, try grating a solid chocolate like Taza and using that on the rim. This is a great brand that has a fun variety of flavors to play with, all of which would make a nice addition to the Grasshopper.

How Strong is the Grasshopper?

The Grasshopper is one of our favorite low-proof cocktails. It is light on the alcohol, delicious, and very easy to make, so it’s a perfect casual drink that will not leave you feeling tipsy. If we choose 20 percent ABV liqueurs, it weighs in with an alcohol content of just around 13 percent ABV (26 proof). This is equivalent to the average glass of wine.

If You Like the Grasshopper, Try These.

We have already looked at ways to enhance the classic Grasshopper recipe and it is the perfect foundation for experimentation. It is such a popular cocktail that it has inspired a number of other mint-chocolate drinks that you’ll also want to consider.

The Grasshopper Shooter – Everything you love about the original Grasshopper in a tasty little party shot.

Holiday Hopper – A surprising twist is brought into this easy variation and we won’t give it away. Let’s just say that this recipe requires one of our favorite fruit liqueurs. You definitely have to try it.

Mint ChocoChata Martini – Fancy, creamy, and filled with chocolate and mint. This is a fun recipe that approaches the flavor and creaminess of the Grasshopper in an entirely different way.

Grasshopper Drink Recipe

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The Grasshopper is an old classic drink that’s very simple. This delicious cocktail tastes like a chocolate mint milkshake, and has fallen out of fashion for that reason.

And yet, look at all those candy ‘tinis people just can’t get enough of. At least the Grasshopper has the good breeding to hail from the French Quarter of New Orleans.

This drink is said to have been invented by Philip Guichet at Tujague’s bar. It hit its peak popularity in the 1950s and ’60s, especially in the southeastern US.

What the Grasshopper tastes like

The Grasshopper doesn’t have much of a kick. It really does taste like chocolate mint candy converted into a liquid form. It has only a slight kick, and it’s long overdue a revival.

If you like Thin Mints or Peppermint Patties, this cocktail is one you should try. It makes a heavenly dessert drink, perfect for after dinner.

Maybe it’s not up everyone’s alley. Some will find it too sweet. Some people just don’t love the combination of chocolate and mint.

But it’s one of those drinks that reminds you of childhood treats. It’s nostalgic and lovable, beautiful and tasty, and what more could you want from a cocktail?

Maybe its simplicity is what 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 youngster.

And the Grasshopper drink fills that bill. It’s sinfully sweet, creamy and delicious. A guilty pleasure to be savored like a bowl of ice cream or a rich dessert.

That creamy texture

What makes the Grasshopper unique is that it has a creamy component you don’t find in every creme de menthe cocktail. That takes the edge off the mint flavor so it’s not so intense.

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. The Grasshopper drink recipe calls for “light cream”. The standard recipe just calls for cream without being more specific. But other variations call for heavy cream.

The truth is, you can use whichever type of cream you prefer. Heavy cream, which is equivalent to “double cream” in some regions, will make your Grasshopper drink thicker, creamier and richer.

If you prefer what we in the US call light cream, 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. Those are great to keep 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.

But the point is that it doesn’t really matter. It will taste great no matter what type of cream you use. The only difference is texture.

Variations on the Grasshopper

You’ll also come across versions of this cocktail that call for vanilla ice cream instead of any form of cream. And variations that call for you to blend the alcohols and cream with ice rather than shaking with ice and straining into a glass.

While neither of those are the standard recipe, they are nice options. For the ice version, you add a cup of ice to the other ingredients and blend it all.

For the ice cream version, you substitute a scoop of vanilla for the cream and bump the other ingredients up to a full ounce, or even an ounce and a half.

This is an easy drink to make in batches. That makes it great for parties, especially spontaneous get-togethers that didn’t give you much time for planning.

Even with just a few minutes warning that people are coming over, you can make a pitcher of Grasshoppers.

If you enjoy the Grasshopper, check out the Junior Mint shot, which uses creme de menthe and creme de cacao like this one, but adds Malibu rum rather than cream.

You might also like the Frozen Girl Scout, which blends creme de menthe and chocolate ice cream with milk. That one also makes a fantastic replacement for dessert.

Grasshopper Drink Recipe

The Grasshopper is a classic drink recipe featuring creme de menthe, creme de cacao and light cream. It’s practically a dessert on its own.

Grasshopper Cocktail

Try this sweet and creamy Grasshopper for St Patrick’s Day! A mint-chocolate flavored cocktail made with only three ingredients!

If you’re looking to drink your dessert, this Grasshopper cocktail is for you! It’s sweet and creamy and tastes like a grown-up version of a mint-chocolate chip milkshake. This 3-ingredient version of the grasshopper is a fancy cocktail lovers dream. It’s a simple drink, just like my favorite amaretto sour, but with a beautiful pale green color, this Grasshopper is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. And don’t forget the garnish! You’ll get all kinds of presentation points.

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I might be on a never-ending quest to turn cocktails into dessert. Because, once you drop a scoop of ice cream into your White Russian or dollop Homemade Whipped Cream onto your Grasshopper, there is no turning back. Boozy dessert-like cocktails are right up my alley. I even add a secret ingredient to my Aperol Spritz to make it extra smooth and sweet.

What’s in a grasshopper?

This cocktail is made with only three ingredients. I’ll give you the classic recipe, but I highly recommend tasting as you go and adjusting to suit your taste. Here’s what you will need to make a Grasshopper Cocktail:

    Crème de menthe: A sweet mint-flavored liqueur. Available in both white or green, you definitely want to go with with the vibrant green version to give your Grasshopper the >

How to make a grasshopper cocktail

A traditional Grasshopper recipe uses equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream. Pour them into an ice-filled cocktail shaker, give it a few shakes and strain it into a glass. Feel free to adjust the proportions to suit your taste. For example, I prefer 2 parts half and half, 1 part crème de menthe and 1 part crème de cacao. Once you have the ingredients you can play around them until you get your perfect cocktail.

Make your Grasshopper extra pretty by adding some of the following garnishes: swirl chocolate sauce into the inside of your glass, top the Grasshopper with whipped cream, chopped Andes candies, chocolate sprinkles, chocolate shavings, or a sprig of fresh mint.

Grasshopper Milkshake: Turn this cocktail into a milkshake! Add the crème de menthe, crème de cacao, milk, and a few scoops of mint-chip or vanilla ice cream into a blender. Give it a whirl and you’ll have a creamy, boozy and incredibly delicious dessert. It goes down very, very smooth (don’t say I didn’t warn ya).

Want to make your cocktail even stronger? Turn it into a Flying Grasshopper by adding 1 part vodka. Plain vodka or vanilla vodka would both work with the chocolate and mint flavors. I’ve also seen mention of adding Kahlua to a Grasshopper, which would impart a subtle vanilla-coffee flavor. I haven’t that tried yet, but as I am typing this I realize that I have everything I need to try it. Gah! I’m off to go experiment. Wish me luck!

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Tools used to make this Grasshopper Cocktail recipe

Cocktail Shaker: This shaker is a bartender’s best friend! Easy to use and the best way to mix up your favorite cocktails!

Jigger: Every home bartender should have a jigger for measuring their cocktail ingredients. This one has a no-slip grip and is marked with increment measuring lines so you can make the perfect cocktail every time.

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DharMag March 2016 Grasshopper drink recipe: how to make the perfect green cocktail

Grasshopper is a special cocktail, atypical, starting from the color that you will instantly recognize because of its greenish robe.

But as far as it’s mysterious, the Grasshopper recipe is quite simple: shake two liqueurs (crème de menthe and creme de cacao) and cream in equal parts and serve in a well iced glass. More than a cocktail is a boozy, minty milkshake, we could say a sorbet.

Grasshopper cocktail history

It’s a classic after-dinner cocktails, almost a dessert to suck through a straw, in fact, the history says that these creamy cocktails, the other two are Golden Cadillac and Golden Dream, were born in the 50’s in New York in order to please the palate of the movie stars in search of velvety and delicate flavors.

Nowadays the Grasshopper drink is an old-fashioned cocktail, a little bit redundant and with a monomaniac flavor, but its charm is still alive and kicking: you should try it at least once in life. It has not the best drinkability of the world, but its flavor is unique, especially if you like mint.

Grasshopper cocktail ingredients

  • 2 cl of crème de menthe
  • 2 cl of crème de cacao
  • 2 cl fresh cream

How to prepare the perfect Grasshopper cocktail

As you can see with these simple ingredients you can not go wrong, but the cocktail is better if you can make 2-3 drinks at the time, so the cream can be shaken better.

The recipe is ready in less than 2 minutes: pour all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, close and shake vigorously for 20 seconds, then pour into an iced Martini glass.

If you want, decorate with a mint leaf: that’s all, nothing difficult, but you can sip a bit of history with this great cocktail.

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