Grasshopper (cocktail)

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Grasshopper
IBA Official Cocktail
Grasshopper cocktail.jpg
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified ingredients*

(source)

PreparationPour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
 
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Grasshopper
IBA Official Cocktail
Grasshopper cocktail.jpg
TypeCocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedStraight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Cocktail Glass (Martini).svg
Cocktail glass
IBA specified ingredients*

(source)

PreparationPour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A grasshopper is a sweet, mint-flavored, after-dinner drink. The name of the drink is derived from its green color, which is provided by the crème de menthe. The drink reputedly originated at Tujague's, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana,[1] and gained popularity during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the American South.

Composition[edit]

A typical grasshopper cocktail consists of equal parts green Crème de menthe, white Crème de cacao and fresh cream, shaken with ice and strained into a chilled cocktail glass.[2]

Variations[edit]

A "Vodka" or "Flying" Grasshopper substitutes vodka for fresh cream, while a "Brown Grasshopper" additionally contains coffee.

A "Frozen" Grasshopper additionally contains Mint Ice Cream to further its dessert qualities.

A 'Green Genie' is a variation containing Creme de Menthe, Creme de Caramel and Jasmine infused vodka.[citation needed]

In the North Central US states, especially Wisconsin, Grasshoppers are blended drinks where ice cream is substituted for cream. Also known as a "Grasshopper milkshake," it contains Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, milk, and crème de menthe. This is blended and served in a tall glass decorated with a miniature or broken cream filled chocolate sandwich cookie.[3]

Popular Culture[edit]

The character Raj Koothrappali of the television series The Big Bang Theory often drinks Grasshoppers to help overcome his selective mutism at being unable to talk to women.

In the movie Ronin, Robert De Niro's character indicates that he gave up under interrogation when they gave him a grasshopper. He proceeds to describe a drink that is not a grasshopper.

In the "Mr Willis of Ohio" episode of The West Wing, the character C.J. Cregg orders a Grasshopper in a bar, and the waitress forgets to bring it, which leads to banter about whether the waitress was ashamed to order it.

In the movie The Muppet Movie, Kermit the Frog orders a Grasshopper in his duet with Rowlf the Dog, I Hope That Somethin' Better Comes Along.

In the movie "Identity Thief", Big Chuck orders a couple of grasshoppers at the Foxhole, after Diana tells him she loves milkshakes.

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