Upgraded Grasshopper

[Photographs: JL Studios]

The Grasshopper is the original green monster drink, but this sweet and creamy dessert cocktail is reawakened with fresh mint.

Note: The infused mint cream can be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week. Mole bitters can be substituted for the chocolate bitters.

Jeff Lucas enjoys traveling the world in search of new cocktails and exotic spirits. You can follow him on twitter @the_mixlab and his blog at themixlab.wordpress.com

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Upgraded Grasshopper

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:2 days
Special equipment:Cocktail shaker, sealable container
This recipe appears in: Cocktail Overhaul: A Revamped Grasshopper

Ingredients

  • For the Mint Cream:
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/2 cup picked and washed mint leaves
  • For the Cocktail:
  • 1 1/4 ounces mint cream
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1/2 ounce creme de cacao, such as Tempus Fugit
  • 2 dashes mint bitters, such as Fee Bros.
  • 2 dashes chocolate or mole bitters
  • 2 sprigs mint (for garnish)

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Mint Cream: Combine mint and half and half in a sealed container. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to infuse for 2 days. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard mint.

  2. 2

    For the Cocktail: Combine mint cream, cognac, rum, creme de cacao, mint bitters, and chocolate bitters in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Garnish with 2 sprigs of mint.

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