ORIGINAL BOOZY MILKSHAKES: THE GRASSHOPPER Tuesday, April 12, 2011
As their names imply, Crème de Menthe and Crème de Cacao are liqueurs respectively flavored by the extracts of the mint and cocoa plants (coincidentally, and perhaps a little deceptively, there is no cream in either, either—the “crème” instead refers to each liqueur’s texture).
But mix these two liqueurs with some fresh cream and you have The Grasshopper, the iconic bright green cocktail born in the Crescent City’s French Quarter, and which for years was widely popular with the tippling public throughout the 1950s and ’60s. In fact, the drink was so popular that it inspired at-home bakers to dream up a countless registry of Grasshopper pies, cookies and cakes.
With the decade-old revival of forgotten cocktails, now marks the perfect time to roll out another Grasshopper. For this, we substitute the fresh cream with some handmade chocolate ice cream to produce, once again, a newer Grasshopper, one of The Original’s Seven Boozy Shakes.
As both liqueurs are best enjoyed as post-prandial digestifs, The Grasshopper makes a rather smashing dessert. But, if you prefer, why not enjoy it as an aperitif instead?
Because, remember: you’re an adult, right? And this is an “adult” dessert. So if you want to enjoy your dessert before your dinner, well, as an adult, that’s your right and privilege.
Because sometimes you’ve gotta break some rules every once in a while.