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posted: 03/14/23

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The Grasshopper Drink is a super simple cocktail that is only three ingredients. Line your glass with chocolate and take this mint chocolate drink over the top!

a chocolate syrup lined coup glass filled with a grasshopper drink with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles

A grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says to him, “Hey! We have a drink named after you!”

The grasshopper looks at him and says, “You have a drink called ‘Doug??'”

SORRY. I couldn’t resist.

This is one of the first cocktails I made for Nathan. I made it, years ago, as a reward for us wrapping all the kid’s presents on Christmas Eve. I love that years later here we are and he was making it for me to photograph and put up on the blog.

Grasshopper Cocktail Ingredients

You only need three ingredients for this simple easy cocktail. As always for the full recipe with all of the measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Creme de Cacao which is a delicious chocolate liqueur. It comes in either clear or chocolate colored. I recommend clear for this drink.
  • Creme de Menthe is a mint flavored liqueur. You can find it as a green color or a clear. The green color is beautiful against the chocolate syrup but clear with green food coloring works too.
  • Finally, you need heavy cream for that nice creamy taste.
chocolate syrup going into a coup glass to line it

How to Make a Grasshopper Drink

This drink is super easy to make. It is just shaking the above ingredients with ice. But let’s talk about how to make it pretty.

  1. Garnish the glass with chocolate drizzle. Hold your coup glass or martini glass at a 45 degree angle. Drizzle chocolate syrup into the glass as you spin the glass by the stem. (You can also do it as is pictured, but you will only get a few swirls at the bottom.)
  2. Let the chocolate set. Put the glass in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare the cocktail. In a metal shaker filled with ice, combine green creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and heavy cream. Shake until you can feel the shaker get cold.
  4. Prepare to serve. Gently pour the prepared cocktail in the glass and top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
a bright green grasshopper drink recipe being poured into a coupe glass, another in the background

A Note on Chocolate Syrup

Not all chocolate syrup is created equally, but there are two brands that I really love for lining glasses with chocolate swirls.

Godiva makes a chocolate syrup that is the perfect thickness and consistency to stick to the side of the glass and make a good line. It is a little thick though, so you can only get one or two swirls. It is what we used here.

I also really love the chocolate drizzle sold by Smuckers. It comes out in really delicate thin lines. It is what we used for this St. Patrick’s Day Mudslide.

Regardless of which you pick, you are going to love the results.

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Chocolate Drizzle

This chocolate drizzle is perfect for making beautiful chocolate lines inside of martini glasses.
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Ice Cream Grasshopper

This cocktail is super easy to make with ice cream. It becomes a delicious boozy milkshake. You just swap out the heavy cream for ice cream.

It is not as strong as the original, but it is delicious!

Combine the following in a blender:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 ounce green creme de menthe
  • 1 ounce creme de cocoa
a tall coup glass lined with chocolate syrup filled with a green grasshopper cocktail and chocolate sprinkles around the base of the glass

Other Dessert Cocktails

If you are looking for more cocktails that will feel like dessert here are more you should check out:

Try this recipe, and come back and tell me what you think in the comments! I love hearing from you.

a tall coup glass lined with chocolate syrup filled with a green grasshopper cocktail and chocolate sprinkles around the base of the glass
4.50 from 2 votes

Grasshopper

Serves: 1 cocktail
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
The Grasshopper Cocktail is a super simple drink that is only three ingredients. Line your glass with chocolate and take this minty drink over the top!

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 ounce green creme de menthe
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao
  • chocolate syrup for garnishing
  • whipped cream for garnishing
  • chocolate sprinkles for garnishing

Instructions

  • For a fancy presentation, use Godiva Chocolate Syrup to line a coup glass. Set in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Combine the heavy cream, green creme de menthe, and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to combine.
  • Take the coup glass out of the freezer, and add in the grasshopper. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Enjoy! (For instructions on how to make it with ice cream, click here.)
Serving: 1cocktail Calories: 396kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 28g (9%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 21g (32%) Saturated Fat: 13g (81%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 64mg (21%) Sodium: 17mg (1%) Potassium: 54mg (2%) Sugar: 22g (24%) Vitamin A: 833IU (17%) Vitamin C: 0.3mg Calcium: 37mg (4%) Iron: 0.1mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
a tall coup glass lined with chocolate syrup filled with a green grasshopper cocktail and chocolate sprinkles around the base of the glass

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  1. Mir says

    That joke is totally funny. Just sayin’.
    And the drink is fabulous!

  2. Sunny J. BaillieSmith says

    I’m having a Grasshopper tomorrow just like this! YUM

  3. Sabrina says

    ha ha, haven’t had one of these in years, thank you for the reminder and the recipe, love the syrup (don’t remember that as part of the last grasshopper I had), great inspiration for right about…now!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sabrina, the chocolate is my personal addition to feel fancy.

  4. Betty Nuffer says

    5 stars
    Love easy recipes so good

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thank you, Betty!

  5. Michelle Bagby says

    Ok, STILL cracking up over that silly, “Grasshopper walks into a bar”
    Tea is NOT attractive coming out of ones nose.
    My grandfather loved Creme de Menthe.
    Thanks for the humor and memories!
    Can’t wait to make it for my March luncheon!
    Mic

    • Lisa Longley says

      LOL! Yes! Someone who appreciates my lame humor.

  6. Maggie says

    4 stars
    One of my favorite drinks. Except instead of using ice and heavy cream I use vanilla ice cream.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup, we have instructions within the post for how to make this with ice cream. :)

  7. Barbara says

    I introduced my Nono to this many years ago she only drank once in a great while but she loved this every time we would go out she would say can I have 1 of those green things Thanks for the memory

    • Lisa Longley says

      Awww, I love that Barbara!

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