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The Grasshopper Cocktail

By Melissa Twidale.

There’s an old, very wise and arguably dubious saying that goes something like, ‘all great things are green’. As I took a sip of my ‘daring’ order (well what I deem to be daring since I vowed never to drink anything highly saturated in colour since my trip to Vegas), I thought to myself, “yeah, you know what? Green light means go, green is the wondrous nature around us, the magical colour of a four leaf clover and of course is the colour of money… in America.

All fake sayings aside, the glowing glass of wonder sat before me. The combination of equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao and cream created an almost alien like green and yet tastes oh so delectably sweet. This belongs in the ‘guilty pleasure’ category and for that reason has made my list of ‘musts’.

Crème de menthe (French for “mint cream”) originated in the late-19 century and crème de cacao is a style of chocolate liqueur that dates hundreds of years earlier. Neither of which actually contain any cream.

Now for a bit of real history… Gaining popularity in the 1950’s-60s, the drink originated at Tujague’s, a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana and was invented by its owner Phillip Guichet.

Grasshopper

Green Crème de Menthe, White Crème de Cacao, Cream, Grated Chocolate


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