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THE GRINCH LOVES GRASSHOPPERS

Americans love their cocktails during the holidays. And why not? Celebrating this time of joy and merriment seems to go hand and hand with a great cocktail. If it’s your turn to host or you want something fun that you and your loved ones can enjoy, why not try a holiday cocktail that can be served as a mocktail too?

THE GRINCH GRASSHOPPERS LOVES BY ANN BLOOMQUIST

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD YOUR MOTHER OR GRANDFATHER MENTION THE GREEN GRASSHOPPER CONCOCTION FROM THEIR PAST. BUT THE GRASSHOPPER DOES NOT NEED TO BE SOMETHING THAT COULD ONLY BE ENJOYED FROM GENERATIONS AGO. THE GRASSHOPPER IS EASY TO MAKE AND CAN BE MADE AS A MOCKTAIL, ALLOWING THOSE UNDERAGE OR THOSE WHO WISH TO SKIP THE ALCOHOL ENJOY IT.

INGREDIENTS

• 3 cups vanilla ice cream • 1/4 cup créme de menthe* • 1/4 cup créme de cacao*

OPTIONAL

• 2 Oreo cookies • Whipped cream • Chocolate sauce *As we said, this drink can be made as a cocktail or a mocktail. If you’re making this for your kids or for someone who prefers no alcohol, this can easily be made using the same recipe, but with non-alcoholic versions of crème de menthe and crème de cacao.

DIRECTIONS

 Combine ice cream, creme de menthe, and creme de cacao in a blender.  Blend the ingredients to combine. Be sure to stop and stir as needed, using a rubber spatula to push the ingredients from the sides and move them into the middle of the blender for a smoother finished product.  If using Oreos, wait until the previous ingredients are thoroughly blended and smooth before adding the

Oreos. Add the crushed cookies and blend just enough for the Oreos to mix in.  Pour into serving cups that have been laced with chocolate sauce and top with the whipped cream (if desired).