Grasshopper cocktail is one of my favourite after-dinner drinks. It's sweet and refreshing. (However, it can be a little sickly if you have too many... How do I know? I've tried it.)
It's called 'grasshopper' because of its green colour which is provided by the crucial ingredient, Crème de Menthe (mint liquor). Typically the drink is made with equal parts of Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao Blanc (white chocolate liquor), and milk or cream. This is a 'shaken' cocktail which simply means all the ingredients are poured into a cocktail shaker with ice and then shake to mix before straining into a chilled cocktail glass. If you wish, a light dusting of cocoa powder at the end makes the cocktail extra special.
I was watching an episode of Glee last year, The Rhodes Not Taken. April Rhodes (played by the adorable Kristin Chenoweth) made her first appearance on Glee, if you can't remember what happened in this episode; and the Glee club performed one of my favourite performances from them, 'Somebody to Love'.
Anyway, let me get to my point, also in this episode, a character (Mrs. Schuester) ate four slices of grasshopper pie and I thought, "edible, chewable cocktail? I've got to try it!". But I didn't as I was busy with my other cooking project at the time.
This recipe is from from Nigella's new cook book Kitchen (The Nigella project may have already begun before I know it). And guess what? Her inspiration for this pie was from Glee!!
The base/crust of the pie is made with bourbon biscuits, dark chocolate and butter. And the delicious filling is made by melting some marshmallows with milk, adding the two necessary liquors and folding this mixture to some whipped cream. You can enhance the green-ness by adding a few drops of food colouring until it turns a light jade colour, but it's entirely optional. I did. I couldn't help it.
The pie then needs to chill in the fridge to set for at least four hours. I made it last night, so it's definitely ready to be served for my Glee evening with friends.
Before serving, crumble a bourbon biscuit and sprinkle on top of the pie... delicious!
So, Gleeks or not, enjoy!