A Grasshopper is a creamy classic cocktail that is made with two unique liqueurs: Creme de Cacao and Creme de Menthe. Creme de cacao has a cocoa flavor to it without being too chocolaty, while the Creme de Menthe has a fresh mint flavor and a vibrant green color. Despite their names, neither of these two liqueurs is creamy. The creaminess of the cocktail comes from milk, heavy cream or even ice cream that is added to the liqueurs to give the cocktail a rich, smooth body. Together, these ingredients make a cocktail that tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream and looks a bit like it, too.
I often make grasshoppers around St Patrick’s Day because the green drink seems like the perfect way to toast the holiday, but this year I decided to approach the drink a little differently and turn the cocktail into an after dinner coffee drink! The Grasshopper Latte starts out with espresso and blends it with creme de cacao and creme de menthe, then the mixture is topped with steamed milk. While the espresso will tone down the color of the green liqueur, there is enough milk in this latte to highlight the green and ensure it doesn’t get lost in the coffee. The drink is like a coffee-flavored after dinner mint and is surprisingly delicious for something so green!
The two liqueurs are slightly sweet, so I did not add any additional sugar to my drink, however you can absolutely sweeten-to-taste as you make your own version. Top these with whipped cream before serving them and, if you want to get a little more definition on the top of your drink (as I did in the photo above), you can dust the coffee with cocoa powder or shaved chocolate before dolloping on that whipped cream.
2 oz espresso*
8 oz milk
1 oz Creme de Cacao
1 1/2 oz green Creme de Menthe
*If you don’t have espresso, you can make this with coffee and substitute 4 ounces of strong coffee. The more milk your latte has, the better the color of the finished drink, so keep that in mind as you