Grasshopper Cocktail

published Mar 14, 2024
Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe

Move over, green beer! There’s a far more delicious drink in town.


Prep5 minutes

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angled shot of two grasshopper cocktails on a marble surface, garnished with chocolate shavings and mint.
Credit: Photo: Alex Lepe ; Food Stylist: James Park

If you want to step up your game from green beer this St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve got the perfect drink for you. The grasshopper cocktail will win you over with its fun minty-green hue, creamy texture, and delicious chocolate flavor. Created in New Orleans in 1919, this festive cocktail falls in line with other dessert cocktails (like the Pink Squirrel!) and is made with just three ingredients: crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream

It’s my go-to after-dinner drink — especially when I’m having friends over, as it feels fancy but is, in fact, very low-lift. I promise you and everyone you hand one to will be pleasantly surprised by just how delicious it is. 

Why You’ll Love It

  • This creamy cocktail tastes just like mint chocolate chip ice cream in sippable form.  
  • With just three ingredients and five minutes on the clock, it’s perfect as an after-dinner drink or even as dessert. 

Key Ingredients in a Grasshopper Cocktail

  • Crème de menthe. You’ll want to pick up the green version of this sweet, mint-flavored alcohol to nail down its minty hue. 
  • White crème de cacao liqueur. This sweet chocolate-flavored liqueur adds subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla. 
  • Heavy cream. Balances the bracing mint flavor of the crème de menthe while lending the drink its creaminess. 
  • Fresh mint or chocolate. It’s customary to garnish the grasshopper with one or the other before serving. If you’re feeling extra, throw both on for a festive cocktail. 

Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe

Move over, green beer! There’s a far more delicious drink in town.

Prep time 5 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Info


  • 1 3/4 ounces

    cold heavy cream

  • 1 ounce

    white crème de cacao liqueur

  • 3/4 ounce

    crème de menthe

  • Ice

  • 1

    fresh mint leaf, or chocolate for grating (optional)


  1. Place a 5-ounce martini, coupe, or Nick and Nora glass in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 5 minutes.

  2. Place 1 3/4 ounces cold heavy cream, 1 ounce white crème de cacao liqueur, and 3/4 ounce crème de menthe in a cocktail shaker. Add enough ice to fill the shaker halfway full. Seal the shaker and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold and frosty, about 20 seconds.

  3. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer into the glass. Garnish with 1 fresh mint leaf or finely grate chocolate over the surface.