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This stirred, not blended, version of everyone's favorite creamy, minty cocktail dresses up for the holidays with a super easy, festive garnish. Easy to make and serve for a few friends or a crowd!MORE+LESS-
part creme de menthe liqueur (green)
bottle cupcake flavored Smucker’s® Magic Shell® Topping ice cream topping
Small plastic squeeze bottle
Put cocktail glasses in the freezer to chill. About 10 mins or so should be fine. Gather the rest of your ingredients.
Combine cocktail ingredients in mixing glass or large pitcher (depending on your quantities), stir, and refrigerate- the colder the better.
Pour cupcake flavored Magic Shell® into a squeeze bottle, leaving enough room at the top to be able to shake it to mix thoroughly. Add red food coloring bit by bit (capping the bottle and shaking well after each addition) until desired color is reached.
Remove a glass from the freezer and paint a design on the inside surface with your bottle of Magic Shell®- stars and swirls work well. Place glass in back in freezer, or in refrigerator until serving time. Repeat with the rest of the glasses.
Immediately before serving, remove a glass from fridge or freezer, fill with the chilled cocktail mixture, and enjoy!
More About This Recipe
- While there are relatively few explicitly holiday-themed cocktails, it's easy to take an old favorite and, through the magic of a delightful garnish, turn it into snazzy holiday fare.Take the old standby, the grasshopper. (We'll do a shaken grasshopper, not the blended version, if only because blending drink after drink for guests will give any host a very non-festive headache.) It's green and minty, so it's already two-thirds of the way to Christmas glory. The appropriate garnish takes it over the top, turning a monotone green cocktail into a slammin' Holiday Grasshopper Cocktail.The garnish is indeed magical... or Magic Shell, at least. Yes, your favorite ice cream topping does holidays AND cocktails. Who knew?White Magic Shell (which is actually cupcake-flavored, in this case) is dyed red (add the food coloring slowly, because the magic shell picks up color extraordinarily well, although you do want a deep, vibrant red) and then swirled on the inside of frozen martini glasses, using a cheap plastic squeeze bottle.It sets up instantly, leaving bright red contrasting designs that will show up when you pour the grasshopper in. You can do holiday stars, or swirls so the finished drink is reminiscent of Christmas ball ornaments.
- It's very important to have everything very, very chilled. You will want to mix up your batch of grasshopper cocktail well ahead of time, and keep the pitcher in the fridge. The cocktail glasses can be done ahead of time too – and after you're done garnishing, slide them back in the freezer, as well.As you serve a cocktail, pull the glass out of the freezer to fill it with grasshopper, then return the pitcher to the fridge. Don't try to pour a whole platter of the cocktails at once; by the time you get to the last glass the décor will have softened. They aren't quite as fragile as they might sound, though once the drink is in the glass it keeps the decoration nice and cold.As you sip your grasshopper and graciously accept the compliments piled on by your guests, start thinking of other uses for the colored Magic Shell garnish... (Something pastel?) Springtime's right around the corner.Hope the grasshopper brings a little fun to your next holiday cocktail party!
The classic Grasshopper Cocktail made with Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cocoa and heavy cream is still a favorite and would make a tasty drink for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
I grew up in the 1970’s and if you’ve ever seen that show yes, people really dressed like that! “Basement bars” were also a big thing back then and on weekends you would find neighbors gathering from house to house making up the latest drink concoctions like the Pink Squirrel or the Grasshopper Cocktail.
The cocktail got its name from the green color and was said to have been created in 1918 in New Orleans. It was mostly popular back in the 50’s and 60’s which is why its popularity still carried over to my childhood in the early 1970’s.
All the neighborhood kids used to think it was so fun that our parents would be drinking a green cocktail. Of course, we didn’t get to taste any of it ourselves, but to us it looked like the grown up version of a Shamrock Shake.
Every year, I try to make a new recipe to celebrate the holidays. Some of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day sweet treats so far have been Bailey’s Irish Cream Rice Pudding, Irish Coffee and Chocolate Chip Mint Pie.
This year I decided I’d bring back the classic Grasshopper Cocktail to share with you. Not only is easy to make, contains 3 ingredients and is rich and creamy, it’s GREEN to celebrate the holiday!
The first time I had a Grasshopper cocktail was shortly after I turned twenty-one. I was at a Christmas party that was about as classy as you might expect when hosted in a house on Sorority Row and attended by a bunch of recently-legal drinkers.
There was a keg dressed as Santa, guys and girls in fake antlers, and pirated Christmas music blaring over the din of the crowd. And if you could push your way through the tipsy mass of people, one noble student was playing bartender in the corner.
The choices she gave us were mulled wine or a Grasshopper cocktail. Not yet one for wine and unsure what a Grasshopper was, I chose the latter. I was assured it was a fine choice and watched as she poured together something that was green and full of cream. I winced, expecting it to turn into a curdled, nasty mess.
Surprise, surprise, it was anything but! It was sweet and creamy with a flavor reminiscent of melted mint chip ice cream. Practically Christmas in a glass.
While some cocktail snobs may consider the Grasshopper a campy drink-your-dessert cocktail, I prefer to embrace its kitschy nature. The bright green drink is a conversation starter. Anytime I serve it at a dinner party I find my guests either joyfully recalling the last time they had one, or marveling that they had never tried one before.
My version of the grasshopper drink uses ice cream, which is known as the Midwestern style grasshopper. It is like a milkshake or malt, an after dinner drink that also serves as dessert.
So, let’s just say these go down pretty easy. So, you will want to be sure to pace yourself.
You could do it with chocolate ice cream too by the way. But it wouldn’t have anywhere near that fun color. Quite the opposite in fact. But it would still taste delicious.
Using cream vs using ice cream for Grasshopper cocktails
My version of the grasshopper is close to being a milkshake in terms of thickness. However, some variations add cream and blend in blender crushed ice instead. Either way, the taste will be the same, just the consistency will differ.
Cocktail Overhaul: A Revamped Grasshopper
The Grasshopper cocktail is a sweet green-colored after dinner drink. The original concoction called for green crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream or half and half. This green monster practically screams out for a remake.
The Grasshopper cocktail might sound like a classic of the bright-colored-'tini age, but according to cocktail lore, it was actually created back in 1919 by Philbert Guichet, the owner of Tujaque's in New Orleans, for a cocktail contest in New York. The green drink reportedly took home the second place prize. (No one seems to know what won the gold medal.) But the drink remained in relative obscurity for sometime before gaining popularity throughout the American South during the 1950s and 60s.
The base flavors of the Grasshopper, mint and chocolate, are a classic (and delicious) combination, but in revamping the cocktail, I wanted to move away from cheap and artificial tasting liqueurs. One option is to replace them with the high-quality creme de menthe and creme de cacao from Tempus Fugit, but I wanted to emphasize the fresh flavor of real mint leaves.
With Momofuku's revolutionary cereal milk in mind, I decided to infuse half and half with fresh mint to get a bright, authentic flavor. I tried two methods: in one version, I heated the milk to create the infusion, and in the other, I infused the mint into the milk in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The fridge version resulted in a lighter but fresher flavor.
The original Grasshopper has no base spirit, but something was needed to give it some backbone and structure in addition to the fresh mint and chocolate flavor. I turned to two spirits that are perfect for after dinner sipping: aged rum and cognac. These robust spirits add the body and strength necessary to keep the drink in balance.
Creamy Grasshopper Cocktail to Add Dairy-Free Cheer
A grasshopper cocktail is a sweet adults-only drink that is named for its green color. It’s flavored with crème de menthe and crème de cacao for a chocolate-mint treat. Despite their names, “crème de” liqueurs aren’t actually creamy, and they are typically dairy-free and vegan.
Crème de liqueur is a syrupy alcoholic beverage that’s sweetened with sugar and infused with flavor, like mint or cocoa. But you don’t want to confuse it with “cream” liqueur, which usually contain dairy. You can see my Dairy-Free Alcohol Guide for more details.
But grasshopper cocktails are usually made with part dairy cream, too. I use coconut milk to make dairy-free grasshopper cocktails. Coconut melds very well with mint and chocolate. But if you don’t like coconut, you can enjoy the coconut-free option below!
HOW TO MAKE A GRASSHOPPER COCKTAIL, STEP BY STEP:
- Prepare rim of glass if desired by dipping the rim in creme de cacao or water, then dipping in chocolate shavings.
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in creme de menthe, creme de cacao and cream or half-and-half
- Shake well.
- Strain into prepared glass.
- Serve immediately.
How much more simple can you get than that? I don’t really think that you can! That is what I love about this Grasshopper Cocktail Recipe is that it is so easy.
I looooove easy recipes, you know that, so this is one that we really like to whip up when we get the chance and are in the mood! Just the ease of it is perfect.
Holiday Cake Bon Bons
- December is here! It’s time to turn on the Christmas music, pass around the holiday cookies, and trim the tree with friends!
Hosting a tree-trimming party and not sure where to start? Follow these tips for what to serve and activities to enjoy for a swoon-worthy holiday party!
Send out Christmas party invitations at least one to two weeks ahead and be sure to let guests know it’s a “tree-trimming” party so they can bring a holiday ornament to hang on the tree. Or, for a more unique twist on the tree-trimming party idea, host an ornament exchange! The best time for this activity-based party is in the afternoon, such as 2pm – 4pm or 3pm – 5pm.
Serve a variety of appetizers and small treats for easy eating while mixing and mingling. Pick a theme like “cookies and cocktails” or opt for a holiday smorgasbord of Christmas-y treats. Here are a few crowd-pleasing recipes to try…
Holiday Cake Bon Bons (Recipe featured below)
Christmas Tree Appetizers
Christmas Party Dip
Easy Holiday Cookies
Italian Christmas Cookies
Decorate your holiday treats table with festive and fitting décor like crafty “magazine” trees (read the full how-to here). They will brighten up your food table and add height variety. Try brushing the edges with a variety of festive colors in addition to gold (try red and aqua for a retro holiday look).
Nothing says holiday party like piping hot Christmas Cocoa and a variety of other spiced drinks. Set up a drink bar on a side console table, along with mix-ins like marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and rock candy sticks. Kids especially will love stirring up their own cocoa creation.
Christmas Cranberry Apple Cider
Holiday Grasshopper Cocktail
Holiday Daiquiri Punch
Be sure your tree is up and in its stand prior to the party. If you’re using lights, you will probably want to have those in place ahead of time as well. Select a variety of ornaments and trimmings to decorate the tree. Set up a table with wide-mouthed glass vases and jars full of ornaments. Try spacing the tree in an open area or push the furniture back away from the tree to allow room for guests.
Provide a variety of ribbons and craft supplies for kids to make their own ornament to hang on the tree. For example, decorative paper or pipe cleaner candy canes are a great “kid-friendly” alternative to fragile, glass ornaments and look equally as festive hanging on a tree. You can also set up a fun garland creation station using Fruity Cheerios, popcorn and other snacks that kids will love. Read sugarandcharm’s Cereal Christmas Decorations post for more details.
These holiday projects will keep the kids happy—and it will give adults time to enjoy the party. Encourage guests (kids and adults alike) to craft an extra ornament to take home!
Party From Dusk Till Dawn With St Patrick’s Day Drinks
Get on St Patrick’s Day Festivities with Tasty Homemade Green Drinks
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at home with these tasty green Irish drinks! These St Patrick’s Day cocktails will make the day more fun and memorable for you and your family!
So, instead of going out to your local pub, why not whip up any of these green cocktail recipes, and have the best time at home with your loved ones? St. Paddy’s Day can be just as exciting celebrated with homemade drinks and goodies if not more fun and exciting.
For sure, green beer might be the norm, but if you’re planning for a classy St Patrick’s Day party, then these cocktails are exactly what you need! Let’s get into that St Patrick’s Day spirit with these delicious drinks!
1. Sparkling Shamrock
Give this fancy cocktail recipe a try on St Patrick’s Day. Each glass looks so festive and tasty with a bright and sparkling lime green color. Everyone will be amazed!
2. St Patrick’s Grasshopper Cocktail
A classic grasshopper cocktail with the perfect combination of mint and chocolate. This cocktail tastes like real chocolate mint candy with a mild kick.
Serve it in a martini glass for a classy and elegant look perfect in a small St. Patrick’s Day party for two or a few.
3. Melon Whiskey Sour
Melon Midori plays a big role in this melon whiskey sour recipe. Though it’s optional, don’t forget the ginger ale–it will help wash away some of the tough alcohol taste.
4. Luck of the Irish Shots
These luck of the Irish shots are a delicious fusion of Creme de Cocoa for a rich chocolate flavor and Creme de Menthe liqueur for a hint of a minty taste. It’s a delicious green cocktail packed with a punch!
5. Green Dublin Cocktail
This green Dublin cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and sour which makes it the perfect drink for St. Patrick’s Day this year. It can’t get any more Irish than this with Irish whiskey highlighted in the mix.
To give the drink the signature green color, turn to sour apple schnapps, then sweeten with white cranberry juice. Finally, garnish with mint leaves and apple slices–oh, do slice the apples thinly for added charm.
6. Verde Mary Cocktail
When you want to make a tasty Bloody Mary drink on St. Paddy’s Day, this recipe will give the best twist to your cocktail. It’s a green Bloody Mary made with green tomatoes and tomatillos.
7. Irish Flag Cocktail
Irish cream, Licor 43, and green creme de menthe–each layer takes this cocktail to a whole other level making it perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!
8. St Patrick’s Green Leprechaun
Carry a cocktail glass full of this Green Leprechaun while enjoying a happy day. It’s easy to make, it’s tasty, and it’s definitely a great drink to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family. You only need three ingredients for this cocktail recipe.
9. St Patrick’s Mint Chip Cookietini
When a drink involves whipped cream, you know something fun is going to happen. This mint chip cookietini is a green cocktail made even better with chocolate whipped cream and some chocolate shavings. This cocktail hits the spot for the best St. Patrick’s Day drink!
10. Irish Buck Cocktail
Because this cocktail recipe uses Irish whiskey, I thought it would be perfect to include this drink on this list. Although the green color isn’t prominent, still, it tastes good for St. Patrick’s Day.
11. Shamrock Sour Cocktail
Irish whiskey, lime juice, and lemon juice make this cocktail taste refreshingly sour while green food coloring and a DIY shamrock stirrer make it perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
12. Nuclear Reactor Shots
Who says cocktails are only for ladies? Men, this St. Patrick’s Day you’re in for a surprise with a shot of the nuclear reactor. A magical green drink that’ll have you tearing up.
13. Fuzzy Leprechaun Cocktail
A simple yet irresistibly delicious boozy St Patrick’s drink. With peach schnapps, blue curacao, and vodka in the frizzy mix, you’ll be in for fun and a little mischief.
14. Boozy McDonald’s Shamrock Shake
Give your favorite McDonald’s Shamrock Shake a twist by spiking it with vanilla vodka, Irish creme de menthe, and Irish creme liqueur.
Have plenty of these shamrock shakes to go around your party but be warned: Never have kids around because they look so good, those little ones will want one, too.
15. Pot of Gold Mimosas
It’s your lucky day! You’ve just found yourself a pot of gold (after one too many drinks of this tempting and lovely-looking cocktail).
To create the mimosa’s pretty layered effect, quickly pour in the blue curacao after orange juice, champagne, and vodka so it settles at the bottom, giving it the dark green hue.
16. Joker Gone Wild
For the sake of St. Patrick’s, let’s play bartender for a while and mix this Joker-inspired cocktail. Like Joker, this one’s tricky to assemble.
First, make the sanding sugar. Next, decorate your glasses, and finally, mix your cocktail. It isn’t exactly designated for St. Patrick’s Day, but hey it’s green, so there!
17. The Green Beast
Well, it’s one helluva drink, thus the name. So good, it’ll turn your band of St Patrick’s Day party peeps into green beasts.
With potent absinthe, toned down by lime juice, simple syrup, and lots and lots of crushed ice, unsuspecting guests might indulge themselves more than they need to. Add refreshing cucumber slices and they’d be hooked for sure.
18. Green Coconut Cocktail
A sweet boozy drink with hints of piña colada. It’s great for summer but ripe for spring and St. Patrick’s Day, plus it’s green.
Mix coconut rum, melon liqueur, lime, and crushed ice in a shaker and shake to your heart’s content.
19. Midori Piña Colada
If you want the real thing, (I mean piña colada) nobody’s stopping you. A little dressing up of the iconic pineapple juice, coconut rum, and coconut cream combo makes it perfect for St. Parick’s Day festivities.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day though, add Midori melon liqueur both for color green and its delightful fruity musk. You’ll have one pretty drink with a delicious and exquisite taste no Irish nor any St Patrick’s Day reveler will let go.
20. Whiskey Pandan St Patrick’s Day Cocktail
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? So are all things green, including the green aromatic pandan leaves. Cue in this one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s drink recipe.
You’re in for a tropical and exotic treat on St. Patrick’s Day with this delicious pandan-infused cocktail. If you can find the real thing, it’ll be a delight to decorate your highball glass with a blade of this aromatic grass.
21. Irish Cream Coffee Cocktail Recipe
While it’s still chilly in Ireland this time of the year, St. Patrick’s Day is a different story down south in the US. You can drink coffee to your heart’s content in Ireland but in the US, better enjoy it cold and spiked with the Irish cream coffee cocktail recipe.
Do you still have time for more green cocktail recipes? Check out this video from Institute of Culinary Education and learn more cocktails perfect for St. Patrick’s Day:
Make St. Patrick’s Day extra special by spending the whole day with your friends and family. You don’t need to go out and party because these green drinks for St Patrick’s Day are easy enough to make at home. Thus, you and your loved ones can have a homemade St. Patrick’s Day drinking spree!
Which of these green cocktail recipes are you planning to try on St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments section below!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 1, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Rosemary Snickerdoodle Martinicourtesy of Carmelo Bari, owner/general manager of Sulmona Restaurant
Sulmona’s Rosemarky Snickerdoodle.
Bari was inspired by a batch of homemade snickerdoodles made by a hostess at the restaurant named Melinda.
“Melinda’s cookies were some of the best I’ve ever had, so I knew I had to incorporate them into a cocktail,” Bari said. “It’s yummy and super easy to make at home for all of your guests this holiday season. It tastes like Christmas in a glass.”
2 ounces of Stoli Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 ounce of rosemary simple syrup (If you don’t have rosemary simple syrup in your bar cart, in a small saucepan over low heat, heat equal parts sugar and water, plus rosemary sprigs just until the sugar dissolves. Let cool and strain.)
1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated cinnamon
1 sprig of rosemary for garnish
Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker tin. Shake and pour into a glass. Top with a sprig of rosemary.