Grasshopper (cocktail)

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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
Preparation Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Timing After 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,[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 replaces the fresh 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 US 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]

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  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. 

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