Frozen Grasshopper

Andrew and Briana Volk from Portland Hunt & Alpine Club in Portland, Maine, share their take on the classic grasshopper. This frozen cocktail is infused with bracing aquavit, bringing a bite of caraway, fruity banana liquor, and cooling crème de menthe, resulting in a balanced but strong drink. Using two kinds of crème de menthe, both white and green, creates the contrast between the stark white whip and minty green drink, but either color can be used in both.

Frozen Grasshopper Recipe
Photo: Photo by Victor Protasio / Prop Styling by Christine Keely
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
2 to 4


Rich Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup water

Grasshopper Whip

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

  • 6 tablespoons white crème de menthe (such as Tempus Fugit)

Frozen Grasshopper

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) aquavit (such as Krogstad)

  • 1/4 cup Rich Simple Syrup

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) green or white crème de menthe

  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) banana liqueur (such as Tempus Fugit Crème de Banane)

  • 3 1/2 cups ice cubes

Additional Ingredient

  • Shaved dark chocolate (optional)


Make the rich simple syrup

  1. Bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium, stirring often to dissolve sugar. Transfer to a small heatproof bowl, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Make the grasshopper whip

  1. Beat cream and crème de menthe with a hand mixer on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 8 minutes. Chill until ready to use.

Make the frozen grasshopper

  1. Process all ingredients in a blender on low speed, quickly increasing speed to medium-high, until smooth, 1 minute to 1 minute and 30 seconds. Divide grasshopper evenly between 2 chilled glasses. Top evenly with grasshopper whip. Garnish with shaved chocolate, if desired. Serve immediately.

Make Ahead

Rich simple syrup may be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 month.

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