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Easy Grasshopper Cocktail

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This Grasshopper Cocktail is the perfect blend of crème de menthe, crème de cocoa, and half and half. It’s smooth, minty, chocolatey, and makes a great after dinner drink.

Have you ever tried grasshopper pie? This is the sweet, sippable version of that mint chocolate dessert.

In fact, a grasshopper cocktail uses a few of the same ingredients as the pie. Both have crème de menthe liqueur, some type of cream, like heavy cream or half and half, and chocolate.

To make this the ultimate dessert cocktail, top it with homemade whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. You could even add some ice cream to this grasshopper drink, and it would taste just like a boozy mint chocolate milkshake!

Grasshopper cocktail in a stemless cocktail glass.
A Grasshopper Cocktail makes a great grown-up, after dinner drink option.

How to make a grasshopper cocktail:

Making a grasshopper cocktail couldn’t be easier. You’ll need a drink shaker or something similar.

A double jigger works well to measure the ingredients, but a measuring cup that measures ounces also works well. Grab a small cocktail glass or other small drinking glass to serve the drink.

Start by placing a handful of ice into a drink shaker. Pour in the crème de menthe, crème de cocoa, and half and half.

Swirl the shaker gently to mix the ingredients, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy immediately or top the grasshopper cocktail with whipped cream.

Collage style photo showing how to make a grasshopper cocktail.
This drink only requires 3 ingredients and comes together in minutes.

What are some garnish options for a grasshopper drink?

Whipped Cream
Mini Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Syrup
Andes Mints
Chocolate Sprinkles
Chocolate Rim with Crushed Mint Oreos
Fresh Mint Leaves
Chocolate Whipped Cream
Chocolate Mint Chips

How do you make a grasshopper drink with ice cream?

Depending on the size of the drink, you may need to increase the amount of crème de menthe, crème de cocoa, and dairy. Here’s a Grasshopper Cocktail recipe that uses only 3 ingredients and one of them is ice cream!

Why do you recommend swirling the drink instead of shaking?

This drink contains dairy. Whether you use heavy cream, half and half, or milk; there’s most likely going to be dairy in this drink. When the dairy is added to the drink shaker with ice, the fat in the dairy has the possibility of sticking to the ice causing the dairy to separate.

The possibility increases when the drink is shaken as opposed to being gently swirled. If you see smalls specks of white on the ice cubes, that’s the fat from the dairy.

Can you use Kahlua in place of crème de cocoa?

Kahlua is a coffee liqueur while crème de cocoa is exactly as it sounds, a cocoa flavored liqueur. Both have subtle notes of vanilla, but each have distinct flavors. Kahlua will work as a substitute in a grasshopper drink, but there will be more of a coffee flavor instead of the intended mint chocolate flavor.

What is a substitute for half and half?

Whole milk or heavy cream will work in place of the half and half. A milk alternative will also work, but the consistency of the drink will change slightly.

Stemless cocktail glass filled with grasshopper cocktail.
Top the grasshopper drink with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and fresh mint.

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Grasshopper drink with fresh mint.

Grasshopper Cocktail

Yield: 1 Drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Grasshopper Cocktail is the perfect blend of crème de menthe, crème de cocoa, and half and half. It's smooth, minty, chocolatey, and makes a great after dinner drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 Ounce Crème de Menthe
  • 1 Ounce Crème de Cocoa
  • 1 Ounce Half and Half

Instructions

  1. Please see information in the post/article for answers to frequently asked questions.
  2. Pour the crème de menthe, crème de cocoa, and half and half into a drink shaker with ice. Gently swirl the shaker to mix the ingredients.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. If desired, garnish with whipped cream, mint chips, and chocolate sauce if desired.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 (3 ounce) cocktail. Actual calories will vary.

*A double sized cocktail was made for the photos and video.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 15gProtein: 7g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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