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Grasshopper Drink Recipe

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This Grasshopper Drink Recipe combines ice cream, ice cubes, Creme de Menthe, and Creme de Cocoa to make the perfect creamy dessert cocktails. This is a family favorite and an awesome holiday after-dinner cocktail!

For a homemade mint flavored ice cream, my Mint Chip Ice Cream is delicious and festive. It also includes a small amount of creme de menthe!

Side view of a short glass of creamy grasshoppers.

Frozen Grasshoppers

I grew up in a family of eight, counting my parents, and this time of year is filled with childhood Christmas memories merged with our own traditions as a family of four. My mother, Norma Jean, made our holidays special with all of of her special touches. Our small house was always beautifully decorated, and what I remember most is, of course, the holiday treats.

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Mom did a lot of prep for the holidays, stacking her freezer full of all the “goodies”, in her words. She made batches and batches of cookies, peanut butter balls, peanut brittle, and holiday cocktails she could store in the infamous “buckets” (aka ice cream containers).

When we gathered, we also enjoyed her Frozen Vodka Slush, Cranberry Vodka Slush, Frozen Kahlúa Cocktails, and this Grasshopper Drink Recipe, among many other things. Her kids are still making these concoctions for their families, me included!

Side view of a grasshopper drink with others in the background.

Ingredients Used

A super simple recipe for a hectic time of year. Win win! 😀

  • Ice Cream – Any vanilla ice cream works fine for these drinks. I love a good vanilla bean!
  • Ice Cubes – Use about 10-15 ice cubes to get a nice frosty consistency.
  • Creme de Menthe – A sweet mint-flavored liqueur. Creme de Menthe is available in both white or green, but you should go with with the vibrant green version to give your Grasshopper the amazing green color.
  • Creme de Cocoa – A sweet chocolate-flavored liqueur. Creme de Cocoa is available in both dark or white. For this recipe, you’ll want to go with the white version so it doesn’t conflict with the Creme de Menthe.
The ingredients for the grasshoppers.

How to make Frozen Grasshoppers:

Step 1
Combine ingredients. Using a good blender, combine liqueurs, ice, and about half of the ice cream. Pulse until well blended. Then add the remaining ice cream slowly, and blend until you get a nice and creamy consistency. One half-gallon of ice cream will make two batches of grasshopper cocktails.

Step 2
Store. Use a Tupperware container (with a lid) to store these in the freezer. Or do what Norma Jean did, and use empty ice cream “buckets”. You can eat these fresh after making, or store them in the freezer for up to three months.

A storage container of frozen grasshopper mix.

Step 3
EAT. Scoop the grasshopper into pretty glasses, add spoons and chocolate covered biscuit sticks (optional), and enjoy with family and friends!

Side view of several grasshoppers.

What does a Grasshopper Cocktail taste like?

Oh, let me tell you how good this drink is! A frozen grasshopper is basically a creamy dreamy adult milkshake. The two liqueurs go so well together, and you get a delicious minty taste (from the Creme de Menthe) with a bit of a chocolate after-taste (from the Creme de Cocoa). Vanilla ice cream is a great base, but vanilla bean is even better!

Let’s drink adult milkshakes after we tuck the kids into bed, shall we?

Oh, and hey. I’ve got a homemade vanilla bean ice cream on the blog that you could use if you want to try it!

Flying Grasshopper Cocktail

If you want to try a little something different, turn a frozen grasshopper into a Flying Grasshopper by adding 1 part vodka. You could use either plain vodka or vanilla vodka.


Myhand holding a small glass of grasshoppers.

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xoxo ~Sue

Side view of a creamy grasshopper drink with a chocolate stick on top.

Grasshopper Drink Recipe

This Grasshopper Drink Recipe combines ice cream, ice cubes, Creme de Menthe, and Creme de Cocoa to make the perfect creamy dessert cocktails. This is a family favorite and an awesome holiday after-dinner cocktail!
4.80 from 64 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1/3 cup creme de menthe
  • 1/3 cup creme de cocoa
  • 10 – 15 ice cubes
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream – two pints
  • extra dash of creme de menthe – to serve


  • In a large blender, combine liqueurs, ice, and half of the ice cream. Pulse until well blended. Add remaining ice cream, and pulse until creamy.
  • Store in a tupperware container with a lid.
  • When ready to serve, scoop (pour, if freshly made) into four glasses and top with another small dash of creme de menthe. Add spoons and chocolate biscuit sticks (optional). Enjoy!



  • These Grasshopper Drinks store well in the freezer for up to three months.
  • I like to make up several batches up at a time, and use during the holiday season.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 262mg | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. I’ve never had a grasshopper. I bet this would be great at St. Patricks too!

  2. I found the missing piece to our Christmas dessert spread! Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! Thanks Lynn!

  3. Mint is my favorite flavor so of course I had to make these! So creamy and so delicious! I’ll make it again in the summertime when it isn’t so cold out!

  4. Laura Johnson says:

    We had these for a holiday morning get-together and they were a big hit! Thank you!

  5. Oh my goodness, this beverage is perfect for any celebration!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      We love it too!

  6. How could you make this into a cake

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I don’t currently have a recipe for that.

      1. I was thinking brownie bottle, drizzle sides with chocolate and top off with the grasshopper icecream and choclate shavings

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Sounds really nice!

  7. Shellie J. says:

    Thank you for posting/sharing your -tini drink recipes, I think I was either 8 or 9 when I first had a grasshopper drink and also a pink squarrel drink and have been searching for a great recipe for making them, I will be making these and will also be in heaven with the fabulous tastes of both drinks.

  8. Elaine M Schultz says:

    Thank you for the grasshopper recipe. I make up a pail every Christmas but never really knew the exact amount of liquor. I just dumped and did a lot of tasting.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’re welcome! Enjoy! 🙂

  9. Jackie Turbot says:

    Ok, I haven’t made this but I think it is going to great?! Why? The last google recipe I tried was horrible, way to minty. This one looks perfect. I inherited my folks liquor when they moved in and I have a bunch of the two alcohols to use up. I am making a big batch to put in the freezer for the Holidays!! Thank you!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I hope you love it, Jackie! Please check back with me. 🙂

  10. Thanks, Sue! Last time I had one, said “ Gosh, I haven’t one of these since I was 8 years old!” Everyone laughed at me!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s funny Melissa! SAME for me. We grew up enjoying these…in moderation! 🙂

  11. Zachary Ringsdorf says:

    This recipe really butters my egg roll. Imagine sitting back after a long day at the office and sucking down this classy adult milkshake. This beverage is excellent at stimulating relaxation. The cool mint and cream flavors delight the taste buds and instantly improve my mood. Serve it at parties, hang outs, or make it for your wife on your anniversary because you have nothing else planned. You cant go wrong!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      OMG! You really like it. I’m so GLAD!! 🙂

  12. Josh Ringsdorf says:

    Alcohol… but like ice cream?!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I know, right?! So good!

  13. I have made these many times, so many memories tied in!! It’s the holidays in a glass!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, I totally agree!! ❤️

  14. I love this drink! So much fun…..

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So many memories in this one.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I agree!! 🙂

  15. Ann Rosenmeyer says:

    Oh yummy. Been a looooooong time since I had a grasshopper or a pink squirrel. Or vodka slush. Have to find an old St. Joe cookbook for that bloddy mary recipe as well. Ummm sounds like a good thing to do on a wintery Sunday afternoon.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks for commenting, Ann! I hope you make some Grasshoppers soon!! 🙂

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