Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Drink wisely, Grasshopper...
The Grasshopper (in Kung Fu movies) refers to an inexperienced person who has much to learn. The Grasshopper (the bug) represents wisdom, nobility and taking leaps of faith without knowing where you will land. The Grasshopper (the cocktail) derives its name from its bright green color similar to that of the bug. Put all these definitions together and you have a smart green chocolate-mint concoction that makes a satisfying after-dinner drink and opens your mind to learning from whatever experiences the world throws at you.
Helpful Hint: Add a squirt of chocolate syrup and use dark crème de cacao with clear crème de menthe, and you can call this cocktail a Dirty Girl Scout or a Peppermint Patty.
Another Helpful Hint: When called a Dirty Girl Scout, this drink makes a popular shot for 20-somethings.
Still another Helpful Hint: If you do not like mint chocolate chip ice cream, this beverage is definitely not for you.
In the paraphrased words of Master Po, go now, Grasshopper, and guard above all things the purity of your cocktail.
¾ once white (clear) crème de cacao
¾ ounce of green crème de menthe
splash of cream or soy milk
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into chilled martini glass.