ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP Tuesday, September 18, 2012

If your favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip, then this Wednesday, for one day only, you’re gonna be as pleased as punch.

That’s because our latest Homegrown Wednesdays craft cocktail is the The Mint Chocolate Chip, a vibrantly colored and richly flavored drink that’s not unlike—actually we consider it far superior to—a traditional Grasshopper.

A Grasshopper, of course is made with Crèmes de Menthe and Cacao, and fresh cream. Not bad, but everybody knows that the best way to improve just about anything, Grasshoppers included, is to spike it with vodka.

So, we keep the Crème de Menthe, but we swap out the Crème de Cacao, choosing to use instead New Deal Mud Puddle, a roasted cocao-infused chocolate vodka that’s distilled across the Willamette, just a few miles away. Add to that just a splash of cream, and shake it all up, strain it all out, and what you get a mint chocolatey chip goodness.

But before that first strain, we apply some lyrical chocolatey loops to the inside of your glass, and coat the rim with crushed, made-in-house dark chocolate and ground Stumptown Coffee espresso beans.

And like a feather in a cap, we garnish it with a sprig of fresh mint.

It’s like a velvety, creamy, rich and dreamy chocolate chip ice cream for adults.

And it’s as pretty to look at as it is to drink.