This Grasshopper Cocktail is like the grown-up sibling of mint chocolate chip ice cream in happy hour-friendly format. Try the 4-ingredient cocktail the next time you’re craving a refreshing mixed drink.

Two grasshopper cocktails in martini glasses.

The Grasshopper Cocktail is a Wisconsin supper club staple that’s made with blended ice cream. For a similar flavor experience, this mint-chocolate Grasshopper drink recipe uses equal parts green crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream.

Shake until frothy and serve it “up” in a martini glass with chocolate shavings or a cocoa-dusted rim to complete the classic Midwestern after-dinner drink recipe.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Grasshopper cocktail ingredients.

Ingredient notes

  • Crème de menthe: The bright green mint-flavored liqueur is actually not creamy. “Crème” liqueurs simply designate that they’re higher in sugar than other liqueurs.
  • Crème de cacao: This chocolate-flavored liqueur comes in white and dark versions. Opt for clear to use in this Grasshopper Cocktail recipe.
  • Cream: Take your pick between heavy cream (for the richest results), light cream, or half and half (for a slightly less decadent texture due to the lower fat content).

Step-by-step instructions

  1. If desired, rim a chilled martini glass with chocolate shavings or coca powder.
Rimming a martini glass in chocolate shavings.
  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and half-n-half. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
Straining creme de cacao into a martini shaker.
  1. Strain into prepared glass and garnish with more chocolate shavings.
A grasshopper cocktail in a martini glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: Each recipe as written makes 1 2 1/4-ounce cocktail.
  • Rim detail: To rim the glass with chocolate shavings, first dip the martini glass in white crème de cacao. Then, dip the glass in a shallow dish with chocolate shavings.
  • Vodka: Replace the cream with vodka for a “Vodka Grasshopper” or “Flying Grasshopper.”
  • Dark chocolate liqueur: Add 3/4-ounce dark chocolate liqueur before shaking the cocktail recipe for an “After Eight.”
  • Peppermint schnapps: Trade peppermint schnapps for the crème de menthe and you’ll have a “Girl Scout Cookie” cocktail.
  • Mint ice cream: For a boozy milkshake, blend all of the ingredients with 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.

More minty treats

Two grasshopper cocktails in martini glasses.

Grasshopper Cocktail

This Grasshopper Cocktail recipe is like the grown-up sibling of mint chocolate chip ice cream in happy hour-friendly format. Try the four-ingredient cocktail the next time you're craving a refreshing mixed drink.
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Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 serving
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 126

Ingredients 

  • Ice
  • 3/4 ounce green creme de menthe
  • 3/4 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce half-n-half or heavy cream
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions 

  • In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, combine crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and half-and-half. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired and serve.

Notes

  1. Crème de menthe: The bright green mint-flavored liqueur is actually not creamy. “Crème” liqueurs simply designate that they’re higher in sugar than other liqueurs.
  2. Crème de cacao: This chocolate-flavored liqueur comes in white and dark versions. Opt for clear to use in this Grasshopper Cocktail recipe.
  3. Cream: Take your pick between heavy cream (for the richest results), light cream, or half and half (for a slightly less decadent texture due to the lower fat content).
  4. Yield: Each recipe as written makes 1 2 1/4-ounce cocktail.
  5. Rim detail: To rim the glass with chocolate shavings, first dip the martini glass in white crème de cacao. Then, dip the glass in a shallow dish with chocolate shavings.
  6. Vodka: Replace the cream with vodka for a “Vodka Grasshopper” or “Flying Grasshopper.”
  7. Dark chocolate liqueur: Add 3/4-ounce dark chocolate liqueur before shaking the cocktail recipe for an “After Eight.”
  8. Peppermint schnapps: Trade peppermint schnapps for the crème de menthe and you’ll have a “Girl Scout Cookie” cocktail.
  9. Mint ice cream: For a boozy milkshake, blend all of the ingredients with 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 126kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 29mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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  1. This is such a pretty drink! I haven’t tried it before, but it sounds so good!!! :) I need to make next time I have friends over.