The Grasshopper cocktail is what's known as a "trio," a drink with two alcoholic ingredients (in this case, creme de menthe and creme de cacao) and a third non-alcoholic ingredient (in this case, cream). It's low in alcohol content, so you can make your way through a couple before you start to feel it, and it's almost always best enjoyed as a dessert drink. It was invented in New Orleans' French Quarter in the mid-20th century, and gained popularity in the decades that followed.
|1 oz green creme de menthe|
|1 oz white creme de cacao|
|2 oz heavy cream|
|Fresh-ground nutmeg for garnish|
Preparation: How to make a Grasshopper
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Grate a bit of nutmeg over the surface of the drink for garnish and serve.