|IBA Official Cocktail|
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||Straight up; without ice|
|Standard drinkware||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, and was invented by its owner, Philip Guichet. The drink gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.
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.
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.
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