Koktail Kicks: Grasshopper

Koktail Magazine

04 Nov 2022

Your weekly spill-all on classic cocktails—their origin stories, their ingredients, and why we love them

You might not have considered drinking a Grasshopper before since you rarely see one ordered in Bangkok. Despite the curiously-looking vibrant green colour of the liquid, a Grasshopper is actually an easy-to-make and an easy-to-drink cocktail, made from equal parts crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and light cream—don’t forget to add the sprig of mint and a dusting of chocolate if you really want to live it up.

Believe it or not, this minty green drink has been around for over 100 years. It was invented by Philibert Guichet, a professional bartender, in a cocktail competition, allegedly in 1919 in New York City. The drink won second place. The Guichet family had purchased Tujague’s restaurant, an institution in the French Quarter of New Orleans, from its founders Guillaume and Marie Tujague in the 1910s. After his success at the competition, Philibert started mixing his creation at the restaurant bar, slowly putting it on the map.

How the fame of the Grasshopper flourished is hard to know because Prohibition-era newspapers weren't publishing news related to alcohol. But when Prohibition was finally over, the drink’s fame spread across the southern regions of the USA and more people got a taste of that chocolate-mint flavour. To this day, Tujague's still sells the Grasshopper, and it is ordered by many to celebrate the living legacy.

If you like that mint-choc taste, why not try and order the Grasshopper tonight?