Grasshopper Cocktail

By Robert Hess

The Grasshopper Cocktail was apparently created by Philibert Guichet Jr., the owner of Tujaque's bar in New Orleans. As the story goes, it was submitted as an entry to a New York cocktail contest which was held, amazingly enough, in 1928 just before Prohibition was repealed. It is reported to have won second place. (Source: Roy F. Guste, Jr. "The Restaurants of New Orleans") Some other sources refer to the contest happening in 1919 however, just prior to Prohibition. However since one of the reported judges was Walter Winchell, who's career didn't really start until 1920, it is more likely that the contest happened during Prohibition.

Recipe

Ingredients

1 oz green crème de menthe

1 oz white crème de cacao

1 oz cream

Instructions

Shake well with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Comments
Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 11 Oct 2012
9:50 am

It’s my belief this is most properly consumed while riding round and round on the rotating Carousel bar at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans.

Can’t really go wrong with a boozy Andes mint in a glass. :)

Benjamin D. 11 Oct 2012
1:34 pm

So, a grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “hey, we’ve got a drink named after you!” The grasshopper says, “really? You’ve got a drink named Murry?”

...sorry, I couldn’t help myself—I had to post it. Somehow, I love this drink. It should be a girly drink, it’s even suspicious in its cocktail classification. And yet, it’s just plain fun. Probably because it reminds us of childhood…with alcohol.

cole 5 Nov 2012
5:36 am

i enjoy this drink as well as the brandy alexander, and i enjoy trying to come up with variations on that theme.  there is one in particular that i really like, and i am interested to hear what others, especially you, robert, think of it.  it’s not a complicated change, i simply replace half of the creme de menthe with jagermeister.  of course, for the sake of the color, you may want to use white creme de menthe instead of green and brown creme de cacao instead of white, unless you enjoy the greenish brown color that would otherwise result (perhaps it could then be called the cricket?).  i think the herbal flavor of jagermeister matches well with mint and chocolate.  for a bit more kick, try a 100 proof peppermint schnapps like rumplemintz. 

p.s. as this is my first comment on any of your videos, i guess this is the most appropriate time to tell you how much i enjoy and appreciate your show and website.  the information you provide is as interesting as it is valuable for making great cocktails.  you have helped me discover a great fondness for mixing.  thank you.

Small Screen Colin 5 Nov 2012
11:43 am

Cole,
Thanks so much for your kind words and thank you for watching!
I am glad you have learned from watching our videos.

Colin

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