The Grasshopper - Better than Ice Cream

I have always loved chocolate and mint together. It's the base of my favorite ice creams - Talenti gelato mint chocolate chip is divine, my favorite Christmas treats and the very best movie theater candies and those little Andes mints you used to get after fancy dinners in the way-back when I was a kid. For some reason my love of mint never carried over to the drink world. I cringed when Mojitos and Mint Juleps came into fashion again and when a friend recommended the Grasshopper on my list of cocktails to try it did not appeal to me on a first (or second... or third) glance. Something about the color alone makes me think of over-boozed St. Patrick's Day drinks full of green dye and the regrettable mornings that followed.

As stand-offish as I was with this drink I refused to purchase more than a little sampler bottle of both the creme de cacao and the green creme de menth. So I hope it means something to you that I was delighted and truly surprised at the outcome of this drink and it's dessert-like qualities.

Truthfully, it was like a melted bowl of mint chocolate chip in a glass. Smooth, sweet and a perfect balance of mint and chocolate. The flavors didn't battle or try to overpower each other and there was just enough cream to give it a nice texture.

While I'm not sure what foods, if any, you would pair such a drink with I would gladly swap out my end of dinner sweets for a glass of this unnatural delight. If you're big on sweet and not shy about drinking something the color of Slimer from Ghostbusters this one is simple to make and sure to please.

DRINK INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 oz green creme de menthe
  • 1.5 oz white creme de cacao
  • 0.5 (or just a touch more) heavy cream

HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until frothy and your hands start to sting from cold (let's be honest, that's how I count it). Pour into a chilled glass and adorn (if you like) with some mint leaves so everyone knows how fancy you are.