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If you’re old enough, you probably remember seeing a bottle of Crème de Menthe in the kitchen cabinet of your parents or grandparents. This exotic neon green liquid made its way into the simplest of drinks, The Grasshopper.
The Grasshopper originally was invented before Prohibition at Tujague’s bar in New Orleans by owner Phillip Guichet. It quickly gained popularity in the South during the 50’s and 60’s, and then nationwide into the 80’s. And while it may not seem like a Holiday drink, I shall explain why I feel right now is the best time of year to enjoy one.
First, I’m hoping that many of you may end up with a New Year’s resolution to drink better. Do not starve your deserving palate of amazing and easy drinks that you can make for yourself and your loved ones. And one of the most important lessons to learn, when it comes to Liqueurs is that quality matters. Whether it is the orange liqueur you use for your Side Car, the Framboise you use to flambe a dessert, or the few bottles of flavored items you want to stock your bar with, choose wisely. One of the greatest producers of fine liqueurs is Tempus Fugit. And while not neon green, their Crème de Menthe is the purest, cleanest, most delicious version I’ve ever tasted.
Second, when it’s cold outside, I want something soothing and luxurious to sip on, perhaps curled up under a blanket and binge watching till bed. When you approach a Grasshopper, with quality ingredients, you end up finding a delicious minty chocolate experience that truly seems to fit the Holiday Season. And perhaps this one won’t stain your teeth green and make your kids look at you funny.
1 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Menthe
1 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
1 oz Heavy Cream
Shake and double strain in a coupe. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.