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Throwback Drink of the Past: The Grasshopper

Updated: Jun 15, 2023

Looking for a delicious drink recipe? Try the Grasshopper Cocktail! This creamy and vibrant green cocktail has a delightful chocolate mint flavor, making it an ideal choice for a dessert cocktail. Follow these simple steps to make this classic beverage and enjoy its easy-to-make goodness!

Being a blogger, I love bringing back classic drinks and introducing vintage cocktails to new people. The Grasshopper was once a well-liked drink, and it baffles me why it's not as popular anymore. It's the seventh retro cocktail I've covered on my blog, and I hope that my followers will enjoy these drinks and maybe even start ordering or making them at home.

What’s in a Grasshopper drink?

For this minty cocktail, we use three ingredients: Creme de Menthe, which is a mint-flavored liqueur available in green and clear, but for this drink, we recommend using the green variety.

Creme De Cacao, which is a chocolate-flavored liqueur available in clear (also known as white creme de cacao) and a darker color - either option can be used, but it will affect the color of the cocktail. For a bright green color, use clear creme de cacao. We used the brown creme de cacao and it still resulted in a nice green color.

Lastly, we add heavy cream to make the drink extra creamy and dessert-like.

History Of the Grasshopper

Heard of a Grasshopper cocktail? It's a minty drink that is often enjoyed after dinner. The name of the drink comes from its green color, which is due to the crème de menthe that is used.

Tujague's, a bar located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, claims that its owner, Philip Guichet, invented the cocktail in 1918. Since then, it has become quite popular throughout the southern United States, especially in the 1950s and 1960s. The traditional Grasshopper cocktail is made by shaking equal parts of green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream with ice, then straining it into a chilled cocktail glass.

However, in the north-central United States, particularly in Wisconsin, some people make Grasshoppers with ice cream instead of cream. This variation is often referred to as a "grasshopper milkshake" and is made with mint ice cream, milk, and mint cream mixed and served in a tall glass with a miniature chocolate sandwich cookie or cream-filled crackle as a decorative touch. The Wisconsin style of drinking is also what brought us the Brandy Old Fashioned, Pink Squirrel, and Brandy Alexander: it’s all about fun, sweet drinks that are big on dairy.

Variation: Make a frozen Grasshopper!

Want to turn this Grasshopper drink recipe into its frozen counterpart? Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute 2 scoops of ice cream for the heavy cream.

  • Blend in a blender until combined!

I love the Grasshopper drink and it's amazing! It reminds me of those mint candies called Andes Chocolate Mints, which have a mint-green layer between two chocolate-flavored layers. They're usually wrapped in green foil with the company's logo, including a drawing of snow-capped peaks and the word "Andes." Tootsie Roll Industries has been producing them since 1950 in Delavan, Wisconsin.


2 oz Creme de Menthe

2 oz Creme de Cacao

2 oz Heavy Cream or half and Half

Chocolate syrup (optional)

Handful of Ice


Add the green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao and heavy cream into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.

Add Chocolate syrup to the bottom and sides your favorite cocktail glass!

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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