Make This Creamy, Minty Grasshopper co*cktail Recipe (2024)

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A Grasshopper is one of the easiest co*cktail recipes you can make! With crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream, this grasshopper drink is a chocolate mint lover’s dream!


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Garrett has been writing about food and sharing recipes for 15 years. He is the author of Melt: The Art of Macaroni and Cheese.

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The first time I had a Grasshopper co*cktail was shortly after I turned twenty-one. I was at a Christmas party that was about as classy as you might expect when hosted in a house on Sorority Row and attended by a bunch of recently legal drinkers.

There was a keg dressed as Santa, guys and girls in fake antlers, and pirated Christmas music blaring over the din of the crowd. And if you could push your way through the tipsy mass of people, one noble student was playing bartender in the corner. The choices she gave us were mulled wine or a Grasshopper co*cktail. Not yet one for wine and unsure what a Grasshopper was, I chose the latter.

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A Sweet, Creamy, Minty Drink

I was assured it was a fine choice and watched as she poured together something that was green and full of cream. I winced, expecting it to turn into a curdled, nasty mess.

Surprise, surprise, it was anything but! It was sweet and creamy with a flavor reminiscent of melted mint chip ice cream. Practically Christmas in a glass.

The Grasshopper Drink: A Retro co*cktail Favorite

While some co*cktail snobs may consider the Grasshopper a campy drink-your-dessert co*cktail, I prefer to embrace its kitschy nature. The bright green drink is a conversation starter. Anytime I serve it at a dinner party I find my guests either joyfully recalling the last time they had one, or marveling that they had never tried one before.


What Is a Grasshopper Drink?

A Grasshopper is a co*cktail with a New Orleans origin. Philibert Guichet, then owner of the city's Tujague's restaurant, created it for a 1918 New York City co*cktail competition. It took second place. The restaurant still exists, and an adaption of the original co*cktail remains on its menu today.

This co*cktail gets its green hue and mint flavor from crème de menthe liqueur, and its chocolate flavor from white crème de cacao liqueur (don't use dark crème de cacao or you'll muddy the color). Heavy cream adds body and richness.

Chilling the Glassware for a Grasshopper co*cktail Drink

Since the grasshopper co*cktail is shaken with ice but served with no ice in the glass, it's best served in either a martini glass and a coupe glass (a stemmed glass with a shallow bowl that's used for sparkling wine or drinks without ice).

To keep the drink cold after pouring, chill the glassware before pouring the drink into it by adding ice to the bowl and allowing it to sit for several minutes. Dump the ice out before pouring in the co*cktail.

When to Serve Grasshopper Drinks

  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Valentine’s Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • co*cktail hour
  • Brunch
  • Anytime!

More Decadent co*cktails to Try!

  • Chocolate Martini
  • Espresso Martini
  • Hemingway Daiquiri
  • White Russian co*cktail
  • Chocolate Sidecar

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Grasshopper co*cktail

Prep Time5 mins

Total Time5 mins

Serving1 serving

You will have to pick up two somewhat esoteric, though easily found, liqueurs. Crème de menthe is a bright green liqueur with a powerful mint flavor. The other is white crème de cacao, which is a clear, chocolate-flavored liqueur that was wildly popular in the nineties for chocolate martinis and Brandy Alexanders.


  • 1 ounce crème de menthe

  • 1 ounce white crème de cacao

  • 2 ounces heavy cream

  • Ice


  1. Prepare the co*cktail shaker:

    Fill a co*cktail shaker half full with ice.

  2. Add the liqueurs and heavy cream and shake:

    Place the ingredients into a co*cktail shaker filled with ice and shake well for about 10 seconds.

  3. Strain into a glass:

    Strain the co*cktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Serve immediately.

  • Classic co*cktails
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Mint
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
22g Fat
25g Carbs
2g Protein


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g28%
Saturated Fat 14g69%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 19mg1%
Total Carbohydrate 25g9%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg2%
Calcium 40mg3%
Iron 0mg1%
Potassium 57mg1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.

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