Grasshopper Cocktail: A Creamy Green Martini You Can't Resist

Popular Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe
It has long been a favorite and the creamy, minty Grasshopper Cocktail is the martini that will have you begging for dessert. Alexandra Grablewski / Photolibrary / Getty Images
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Skip dessert and go straight for the Grasshopper! This is a delicious green martini that is light on the alcohol and heavy on the sweet flavor. It is a pure chocolate-mint delight.

One of the great aspects about the Grasshopper is that you can experiment with the ratio to suit your personal taste. If you feel like a little more chocolate, add more crème de cacao. Is mint on your mind tonight? Simply ramp up the crème de menthe.

This is a brilliant and easy dessert cocktail and if you would like to enjoy a similar drink served over ice, give the Peppermint Patty a try.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

More Tips for Making a Great Grasshopper Cocktail

The Signature Grasshopper Green. The suggestion of white and green liqueurs creates a pale green cocktail. However, if you use either the brown (cacao) and white (menthe) options of either liqueur, you will have a drink that is pale brown.

Remember that neither liqueur is 'creamy' and that the cream of the Grasshopper comes from the actual dairy cream.

'Crème' liqueurs simply designate that they are higher in sugar than other liqueurs.

Add Flavored Vodka. Add a fresh twist to this popular cocktail by bringing a flavored vodka into the mix. There are many great options to choose from and you might begin with one of the espresso vodkas or any of the whipped cream and other dessert vodkas. Chocolate vodka would be another way to increase the cocoa.

If you opt for this upgrade, begin with an equal amount (3/4 ounce) to the other ingredients. The goal is to accent the cocktail, not overpower it.

To Rim or Not to Rim. The last thing that you may want to consider is rimming the glass. Plain sugar would be a quick option, though you could also mix in a dusting of cocoa powder or even finely crushed graham crackers.

For a more refined chocolate experience, try grating a solid chocolate like Taza and using that on the rim. This is a great brand that has a fun variety of flavors to play with, all of which would make a nice addition to the Grasshopper.

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How Strong is the Grasshopper Cocktail?

The Grasshopper is one of our favorite low-proof cocktails. It is light on the alcohol, delicious, and very easy to make, so it's a perfect casual drink that will not leave you feeling tipsy. If we choose 20% ABV liqueurs, it weighs in with an alcohol content of just around 13% ABV (26 proof). This is equivalent to the average glass of wine.

If You Like the Grasshopper, Try These...

We have already looked at ways to enhance the classic Grasshopper recipe and it is the perfect foundation for experimentation. It is such a popular cocktail that it has inspired a number of other mint-chocolate drinks that you'll also want to consider.

  • The Grasshopper Shooter - Everything you love about the original Grasshopper in a tasty little party shot.
  • Holiday Hopper - A surprising twist is brought into this easy variation and we won't give it away. Let's just say that this recipe requires one of our favorite fruit liqueurs. You definitely have to try it.
  • Mint ChocoChata Martini - Fancy, creamy, and filled with chocolate and mint. This is a fun recipe that approaches the flavor and creaminess of the Grasshopper in an entirely different way.