With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I mean tomorrow, I couldn’t let this chance go by and not share one of my ultimate guilty pleasure cocktails – The Grasshopper.

I will admit, I completely romanticize this cocktail.  I dream of long forgotten 1940s cocktail parties, where ladies wore stunning dresses with sweetheart necklines, cap sleeves and necklaces of pearls.  I know you are imagining it.  The men in their suits, after a game of cards, sipping bourbon and smoking cigars.  While the ladies finish the evening gossip sipping on Grasshoppers.

In my fantasyland!

Well, lets get to it.  Maybe you too want a delicious green cocktail.

Ground Rule!  I know we have racked up a few.  When making any cocktail served up*, chilling the glass first is rule number one.

*A cocktail that is shaken or stirred over ice, but not served on ice.

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My master in cocktail training, my father-in-law, Fernand aka FT, taught me this.  And trust me, it’s worth the extra step.

You will need a cocktail shaker with ice.

You will add equal parts of Creme de Menthe Green and Creme de Cacao White.  (I know you are gonna be making a trip to your local liquor store first thing tomorrow.)

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Follow that up with an equal part of heavy cream.

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I know what you are thinking – Mint Chocolate Chip Dream.  Yes, yes.  You would be correct.

In the word’s of FT, “Now, shake like a man.”

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Stain the ice. And ENJOY!

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Grasshopper – 1 cocktail
1 oz creme de menthe green
1 oz creme de cacao white
1 oz heavy cream

Combine over ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shake.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.

You don’t have a cocktail shaker, not problem.  Combine all the ingredients in a glass and pass back and forth between two glasses until well combined.