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Irish Grasshopper Cocktail

The Irish Grasshopper Cocktail makes you want to kick up your heals and do and an Irish jig! 🙂

Two martini glasses on a  silver platter filled with Irish Grasshopper Cocktails along with a chocolate rim.

This Irish Grasshopper Cocktail is minty, chocolaty, delicious…and STRONG!

It is specifically for the 21 and older crowd ONLY, and should never be consumed by anyone who is planning to drive a motor vehicle!

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making these Irish Grasshopper Martinis is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


This recipe was originally shared in 2011. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

A vertical collage image of the rim and the completed martini of Irish Grasshopper Cocktails with chocolate and green sugar rim.

The ingredient list:

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  • vodka (your favorite brand)
  • crème de menthe
  • crème de cacao
  • ice
  • honey
  • chocolate chips (optional)
  • green sanding sugar (optional)

Barkeepers tools and equipment needed:

Why this recipe works?

It’s got everything you love about a good Irish cocktail. The minty flavor, the color, and the kick!

Who knows…maybe you’ll get lucky (Irish humor) after you sample one of these!  Just sayin’ 🙂

Just remember to ALWAYS drink responsibly!!

How many cocktails does this recipe make:

Approximately 2 with a little leftover for the bartender.

A vertical title text overlay graphic image of two bright green Irish Grasshopper Cocktails along with bottles of alcohol in the background.

Can flavored vodka be used in this recipe?


I think a vanilla vodka would be particularly nice in this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail.

I didn’t have any, or I probably would have used at least a little vanilla vodka in the recipe.

Other flavored vodkas would be up to your own taste buds and liking.

Remember, though, that the crème de menthe is minty, and the crème de cacao is chocolate flavor. Please plan accordingly with your flavored vodkas, if desired…

What is the difference between a shot and a jigger?

A shot is the smaller of the two and is typically between 1 and 1¼ fluid ounces.

A jigger measures just a little more at 1½ fluid ounces.

The step-by-step photos of how to make an Irish Grasshopper Cocktail:

  • Place chocolate chips in a small zip-top bag and use a meat mallet, rolling pin, or hammer to crush them into tiny pieces.
  • Place the smashed chocolate on a paper plate and stir in some green sanding sugar.
  • On a second paper plate, add honey in a ring for coating the rim of the martini glasses.
  • Turn the glasses upside down into the honey to coat the rim and and add the glass to the chocolate and sugar mixture as garnish.
  • Allow to dry for 10 minutes (upside down) before continuing.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice.
  • Using a jigger (or shot glass), add 4 jiggers vodka, 2 jiggers crème de menthe, and 2 jiggers crème de cacao.
  • Firmly place the lid onto the shaker and shake vigorously until completely chilled and the shaker is frosty.
  • Carefully pour the Irish Grasshopper Cocktails into the prepared martini glasses and serve cold.
  • Sip and enjoy!!

Two right green Irish Grasshopper Cocktails in martini glasses along with a shot glass filled with crème de menthe and a cocktail shaker in the background.

Additional St. Patrick’s Day recipes you’ll enjoy:

*Irish Corned Beef Boxty (shown below)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a classically stuffed boxty. An Irish Corned Beef Boxty is a potato pancake stuffed with tender corned beef and lots of melted Swiss cheese.

An Irish Corned Beef Boxty on a brown and green plaid plate with chips on the side.

*Traditional Irish Coffee (not shown)

This traditional Irish coffee recipe will open your eyes with hot brewed coffee, deliciously smooth Irish whiskey, and a touch of creamy sweetness from the whipped cream.

*Irish Shortbread (shown below)

This rolled Traditional Irish Shortbread is rich and buttery. It’s simply the best-tasting cookie that requires only four simple ingredients. 

A cookie sheet filled with Traditional Irish Shortbread cookies. Some are broken, some are whole.

*No-Churn Boozy Irish Coffee Ice Cream (not shown)

Save this Boozy Irish Coffee Ice Cream for after the kiddos have gone to bed, and then you can savor the flavor of being a grownup!

*Irish Grasshopper Cocktail (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

A vertical closeup photo of a martini glass filled with a green Irish Grasshopper Cocktail, and a cocktail shaker on a silver platter.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s St. Patrick’s Day Irish Grasshopper Cocktail.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

A couple of martini glasses on a silver tray filled with green Irish Grasshopper Cocktails along with a cocktail shaker and a shot glass.


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
It's minty. It's chocolaty. It's green. It's delicious! The Irish Grasshopper Cocktail makes you want to kick up your heals and do and an Irish jig!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Beverages Alcohol, cocktails
Cuisine Irish
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 229 kcal


  • 4 jiggers vodka
  • 2 jiggers creme de menthe
  • 2 jiggers creme de cacao
  • ice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional) crushed
  • 1 tablespoon green sanding sugar (optional)


  • Add the chocolate chips to a small zip-top bag and crush to fine crumbs with a rolling pin, meat mallet, or hammer. Pour the chocolate crumbs onto a paper plate.
  • Add the green sanding sugar to the crushed chocolate and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the honey into a circle on second paper plate.
  • Dip the rims of the martini glasses into the honey, and then into the chocolate and green sugar crumbs. Allow the honey and chocolate glasses to sit upside down for 10 minutes to dry (optional).
  • Meanwhile, fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice.
  • Add the vodka, creme de menthe, and creme de cacao to the shaker.
  • Place the top onto the shaker and shake the contents until completely mixed and the shaker is frosty.
  • Pour the Irish Grasshopper Cocktails into the prepared martini glasses and serve cold.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 3mgPotassium: 139mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Irish Grasshopper Cocktail, mint and chocolate martini, St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, St. Patrick’s Day martini
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Looks so good! Can't wait to try this with my family.


Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Sounds like it might be quite a party. Have fun. Renee

Tayler Ross

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

I've been trying to come up with a fun drink for St. Patrick's Day and this looks like it's going to be it!


Wednesday 10th of March 2021

It definitely fits the bill. Enjoy and cheers! Renee


Sunday 13th of March 2011

What a fun drink!


Saturday 12th of March 2011

Happy Friday indeed!

Mary (A Merry Life)

Saturday 12th of March 2011

I want to make this RIGHT NOW.