The Grasshopper was invented by Philibert Guichet, the owner of Tujague’s Restaurant and Bar. In the early twentieth century, Mr. Guichet entered a cocktail contest in New York and took home second place for this mixture of creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and cream. Tujague’s serves the drink today with a twist on the original recipe: Bartenders add a brandy float on top to cut through all of that sweetness. It’s a drink that has remained popular among New Orleanians, many of whom have dined at Tujague’s with family through the years and even drank Grasshoppers as children.
(Yes, there’s alcohol in it, but if you skip the brandy float, there’s not much.) The drink’s sweetness means most people prefer to drink it at the end of a meal, in lieu of dessert. However, its low alcohol content also makes it perfect for daytime sipping, when you want to imbibe but still stay on your feet.