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The Grasshopper Is a Mint Chocolate Delight


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Flavor-wise, a Grasshopper cocktail evokes those chocolate mints an old-school restaurants might present along with the dinner bill. We mean that in a positive way: Both are minty, chocolatey and an oh-so-sweet finish to a meal.

Although the Grasshopper is often served after dinner as a digestif, it can be enjoyed any time. Perfect for mint lovers and those attracted to festive, green cocktails, this vibrantly-hued sipper has a fascinating history. Here are all the details and how to make your own. 

What Is a Grasshopper Cocktail?  

The Grasshopper cocktail is a heavy, creamy and sweet cocktail, not dissimilar in spirit to the equally minty It’s a Wonderful Life cocktail and Boozy Shamrock Shake, not to mention the Wednesday Addams cocktail and Cadbury Egg cocktail. But like the chocolatey Brandy Alexander, the Grasshopper is actually an International Bartenders Association-recognized quaff steeped in tradition.  

According to IBA, the official version is a simply-shaken cocktail containing crème de menthe, white crème de cacao and fresh cream, served in a chilled cocktail glass with an optional mint leaf garnish.

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