Grasshopper (cocktail)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Grasshopper
IBA official cocktail
Grasshopper cocktail.jpg
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified
ingredientsdagger
PreparationPour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
TimingAfter dinner
dagger 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 bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1918,[1] and was invented by its owner, Philip Guichet. The drink gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.

Composition[edit]

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]

Variations[edit]

A "Vodka" or "Flying" Grasshopper replaces the cream with vodka.[3]

A "Frozen" Grasshopper adds mint ice cream to create a more dessert-like drink.[4]

An "After Eight" adds a layer of dark chocolate liqueur to the crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream.[5]

In the North Central United States, especially Wisconsin, Grasshoppers are blended drinks, with ice cream substituted for cream.[6] A related variation is the "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.[7]

A "Girl Scout Cookie" substitutes peppermint schnapps for crème de menthe.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Land of Forgotten Cocktails". August 1, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
  2. ^ "Flying Grasshopper recipe".
  3. ^ "Flying Grasshopper recipe". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  4. ^ "Frozen Grasshopper recipe". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  5. ^ "After Eight". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  6. ^ "PUNCH | Blended Grasshopper". Punch. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  7. ^ "Grasshopper Milkshake". Archived from the original on 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  8. ^ "Girl Scout Cookie Recipe". Chowhound. Retrieved 2017-11-08.

External links[edit]