There is the classic Grasshopper, and the Holiday Hopper is the holiday version of the drink, and incorporates Midori, which is associated with holidays in the cocktail world.
This is brought to you by mixologist Victoria Damato-Moran, who has been a bit of a cocktail prodigy, winning cocktail competitions as early as 2003, and her drinks being featured in major magazines just several years after.
- 1 ounce of Midori melon liqueur
- ½ ounce of green crème de menthe
- ½ ounce of white crème de cacao
- 2 ounces of half and half
- 2 mint leaves (optional)
- 1 raspberry (optional)
- Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
If one desires, they can garnish with mint leaves, a raspberry, or both. The green crème de menthe and the white crème de cacao combine to create a truly beautiful green color, and the drink could potentially double as a sophisticated but sweet cocktail for St. Patricks Day, as well. It should be noted that the original classic cocktail, The GrassHopper, was created in Tujagues, a bar in the French Quarter, in New Orleans, Louisiana, that still exists and is in business to this day. The drink is more popular in the American South than any other region in the world. For those who want to do a little more to keep up the holiday theme, there is the option of adding whipped cream or chocolate shavings, although this is the standard recipe. The drink can also be served on the rocks, as a cocktail, as well. A lime wheel is also a garnish for those who want to keep up the green theme of the drink, as well. It is a modern drink that may not be as popular as other holiday drinks, but that may change in the future!