Grasshopper (cocktail)

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Not to be confused with Grasshopper, the wheat beer made by Big Rock Brewery
IBA Official Cocktail
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Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
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Cocktail glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
* Grasshopper recipe at International Bartenders Association

A grasshopper is a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink derives from its green color, which comes from crème de menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague's, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana,[1] and was invented by its owner, Philip Guichet. The drink gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.


A typical grasshopper cocktail consists of equal parts green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and cream—shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.[2]


A "Vodka" or "Flying" grasshopper substitutes vodka for fresh cream. A "brown grasshopper" adds coffee.

A "Frozen" Grasshopper adds mint ice cream to create a more dessert-like drink.

A 'Green Genie' contains creme de menthe, creme de caramel and jasmine infused vodka.

An "After Eight" adds a layer of dark chocolate liqueur to the crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream.[citation needed]

In the North Central US states, especially Wisconsin, grasshoppers are blended drinks, with ice cream substituted for cream. Also known as a "grasshopper milkshake", it contains mint chocolate chip ice cream, milk, and crème de menthe. This is blended and served in a tall glass decorated with a miniature or broken cream filled chocolate sandwich cookie.[3]

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