The Grasshopper: the cocktail that practically glows.
Created in 1918 by a bartender in New Orleans, Louisiana, this combination of equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream has not stood the test of time. It is known for being a little kitsch, a little camp, and is an altogether maligned drink for which only Grandmas with an insanely sweet tooth have time. I say, what’s wrong with that? I’m here for its revival.
This verdant drink makes a great party-starter; serve this up at any gathering and you’ll have all your friends taken aback not only by its striking colour but also its taste. The alternative name for the cocktail is the After Eight after all – instead of passing around a box of minty chocolate thins, why not just rustle up a few of these? It is an indulgent cocktail given its chocolate and dairy notes, however, it must be noted that it is not overly sickly – the mint cuts through the fat just enough so that it is a refreshing drink.
Why is this then the drink of Halloween 2019? Well, its ghoulish green hue is one thing in its flavour. But also, the very history of the drink makes it the perfect centrepiece for your Halloween shindig. New Orleans is widely regarded as the most haunted city in the United States. It is a place famous worldwide for its practitioners of the mystical arts, from Voodoo masters to self-identifying vampires and Wiccans – not to mention its representation in popular culture as the backdrop for all things ghostly (remember American Horror Story Coven?). When you make this drink, you are tapping into New Orleans and all its supernatural mystery. You’ll be charmed by it, I’m sure. And who knows what occult events may happen if a party starts with this drink? Just remember the classic Cajun saying: Laissez les bons temps rouler! (let the good times roll!).
Grasshopper (Serves 1)
25ml crème de menthe
25ml white crème de cacao
25ml single cream
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and then pour into it the liqueurs and cream. Shake hard, then strain into a cocktail glass. Serve, garnished with a sprig of mint if desired.