Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe

This grasshopper cocktail recipe is fun not only at your St. Patrick’s Day party but if you love mint, you’re going to want to drink it any day of the year. It is creamy, delicious and such a pretty, vibrant green color.

Coupe glass filled with the grasshopper drink (lighter)

I have mentioned before that my folks gave dinner parties for relatives. One of the things we kids loved about those parties were the mixed nuts. (I digress from cocktails for a minute.)

I used to so look forward to the next morning because that meant scrounging for nuts out of the little bowls my mom served them in. For some reason, they tasted so good the next day. Probably because it felt decadent to eat them.

At these same parties, my folks would often served glamorous (at least to us) drinks like this grasshopper cocktail, as well as Manhattans, whiskey sours, and sloe gin fizzes, to name a few.

People love this cocktail not only because of its beautiful color, but because of the flavorful combination of mint, chocolate and cream. It’s like drinking an After Eight chocolate. Yum.

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Helpful tips

  • I use light cream in this recipe, but you can use heavy cream, half and half or even just plain milk. Suit yourself.
  • Creme de menthe comes in two colors, green and clear. Use the green because you want a fun colored drink (and because grasshoppers are green).
  • Creme de cacao also comes in two colors, dark and clear. Use the clear because the dark would change the color of the drink and you want it to be as green as you can get it.
  • I always use contrasting glassware when I serve my drinks because I like to showcase how different the cocktail looks in various glasses.
  • For this post, I use a coupe glass and a martini glass.

How to make grasshopper cocktail

Pre-step

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Get a measuring glass and two glasses.

After measuring out the ingredients, pour into the cocktail shaker.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – green creme de menthe, white creme de cacao and light cream.

Green creme de menthe, creme de cacao and cream for the grasshopper cocktail

Step two

Measure 2 ounces of creme de menthe. (A)

Step three

Measure 2 ounces of creme de cacao. (B)

green creme de menthe and cacao measured for the grasshopper cocktail

Step four

Measure 2 ounce of heavy cream. (C)

See how pretty it looks before I cap and shake? (D)

Cream and the ingredients poured into the shaker for the grasshopper cocktail

Step five

Cap the shaker and shake it for 10 seconds.

Strain and divide between the two glasses.

Further away view of the grasshopper cocktail

It’s a colorful drink, don’t you think?

Here’s a vertical view.

vertical view of the tall martini glass filled with the grasshopper cocktail

And the obligatory aerial view.

Overhead view of the green drink

Other creme de menthe drinks

I hope you enjoyed this grasshopper cocktail recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Vertical view of the coupe glass with the grasshopper cocktail - square

Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe

This beautifully green drink is a throw back cocktail. Mint chocolate creamy deliciousness.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: grasshopper cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 295kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces creme de menthe
  • 2 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 2 ounces heavy cream

Instructions

  • Fill a cocktail shaker 1/2 full with ice
  • Add creme de menthe, creme de cacao and light cream
    2 ounces creme de menthe, 2 ounces white creme de cacao, 2 ounces heavy cream
  • Cap shaker and shake for 10 seconds
  • Strain and divide between the two glasses
  • Lift glass, admire the green color
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful tips
  • I use light cream in this recipe, but you can use heavy cream, half and half or even just plain milk. Suit yourself.
  • Creme de menthe comes in two colors, green and clear. Use the green because you want a fun colored drink (and because grasshoppers are green).
  • Creme de cacao also comes in two colors, dark and clear. Use the clear because the dark would change the color of the drink and you want it to be as green as you can get it.
  • I always use contrasting glassware when I serve my drinks because I like to showcase how different the cocktail looks in various glasses.
  • For this post, I use a coupe glass and a martini glass.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 12mg | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Calcium: 18mg
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Originally published September 2016.

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  1. Wow – this cocktail is so simple! I love the mint and cream, definitely my kinda drink! And I for sure am not going to only have this for St. Patricks Day. I can see it being perfect in the summer and during the holidays too.

  2. My aunt and uncle loved grasshopper cocktails. I remember thinking they were so sophisticated when I was growing up because they drank them. They do look delicious!