January Cocktail of the Month: Grasshopper

January Cocktail of the Month: Grasshopper

 

A monthly cocktail recipe from your Tizz & Tonic Team

Since we are cocktail enthusiasts (enjoying responsibly of course and never at the sewing machines) and have our studio located in an old cocktail lounge we thought it would be very fitting to share with you some of our go-to-cocktails. Some of these we particularly love to enjoy after a long day of undie making.

So, every month we will bring you a simple, enjoyable recipe. It’s a great way to discover new and old style cocktails and diversify your mental library of drinks. This will surely come in handy next time you're stirring up something delicious for your favourite people. We try to keep each cocktail selection basic since most home bars are not going to have all the necessary ingredients. And because we are just the right amount of fancy.

 

Cocktail Of the Month: Grasshopper 

It’s January. The mood is somber and sleepy. So we're putting a little pep in your step, a little bop to your hop by introducing you to the Grasshopper cocktail. 

Disclaimer: Don’t let the name give you the heebie jeebies - this Grasshopper isn’t one of those creepy crawlers, this Grasshopper is indeed quite the bonbon. In fact, it’ll tickle your taste buds so good that you’ll want to bounce over dessert and splash right into this creamy delight. 

The original Grasshopper cocktail hails from the French Quarter of New Orleans, created in the early 1900’s. Although Prohibition may have squandered the attention this drink originally deserved, the green-hued dessert cocktail became a staple at bars during the Disco Era in the 70’s. Now, bartenders around the world have taken the concept and made updated versions creating Clarified Grasshoppers and even Vegan Grasshoppers, adding new spin on an old classic. 

I vividly remember making this in my mixology course - I suppose it had a profound impact solely based on the ridiculous green colour. The Grasshopper cocktail is equal parts weird and delightful and I am glad it exists. Plus, I'm a huge fan of mint and chocolate so there's that too. 

Key Ingredients

  • 1 part Crème de Menthe
  • 1 part White Crème de Cacao
  • ¼ part Heavy Cream
  • Ice
  • Mint Spring to Garnish

(By the way, this recipe is not vegan.)

Optional ingredients and extra flare:

  • 2 Tbsps. Melted Chocolate or Finely Shaved Chocolate
  • If you really want to spoil yourself or impress your guests, take a sprig of mint, strip off the leaves at the base and dip the stalk in the melted chocolate.  Leave to set on a plate or tray.
  • Alternatively you can rim your cocktail glasses with shaved chocolate bits. 

How to Prepare

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then pour in the liqueurs and cream. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint or with the fancy options listed above.

Put on your disco pants and hop to it.