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Sep 14, 2009 04:10 AM

Pink Grasshopper: Let's Have a Drink

In honor of the newly discovered mutant ninja pink grasshopper found in the U.K.,
what drink would you concoct?

I've had grasshoppers but never a pink squirrel. I don't think a combination of those two drinks would work.

The only criteria for the Pink Grasshopper: it must taste good and be pink!

Maybe I'd start with pomegranate liqueur, guava nectar, some rum and Galliano... plus lime juice & muddled mint? How does that sound?

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  1. Well you obviously want the mint to be a fairly prominent flavor if you're going to call it a Grasshopper...

    If you have the foresight to infuse some vodka with strawberries, you could muddle up a couple of fresh strawberries and a crapload of mint leaves with it. If you added milk or cream would the strawberries cause it to curdle? I'm thinking not... I'd throw in a very small measure of a clear creme de menthe to slightly reinforce the mintyness.

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    1. re: sourcandy

      actually, i didn't want the mint to be really prominent, but an accent. can we muddle just a little? does creme de menthe characterize all grasshoppers? well, i guess we can get away without that liqueur, since this *pink* grasshopper is a freak of nature.

      i like the strawberry-infused vodka idea, maybe we can add it in, too (this drink will knock your knickers, as it's evolving)...

      and actually, i was thinking i'd prefer a non-dairy drink -- so it might be a "hot" pink, instead of a cute little baby-girl pink.

      maybe we can candy and dye pink a real grasshopper head complete with antenna as a garnish? tee hee. <holy moly, look at these ugly critters! >.

      1. re: alkapal

        We could go full on out and make sure that whatever we use for the pink coloring has cochineal in it. Maybe an old bottle of Campari...

        1. re: sourcandy

          it might be too bitter -- or do you think it might give it some balance to the sweet components?

          1. re: alkapal

            I tend not to really like sweet drinks, so it sounds perfect to me, but maybe something sweeter... Aperol?

    2. Having recently become a major mojito fan, could we possibly riff on that...maybe mint and rum (I LOVE Cruzan vanilla rum for mojitos!!!) and PINK LEMONADE instead of lime juice?

      Edit: OH WOW, that is a gorgeous creature! If only we could make the drink quite that shade!

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      1. re: kattyeyes

        hey sistakat!

        ok, let's see:
        strawberry-infused vodka
        light rum (never had vanilla rum -- too "sweet" or overly-aromatic for this app?).
        pink lemonade (& a good dose of fresh key lime juice) <where does the "pink" come from, anyway? here, maybe just use real lemon and key lime juices, and those with the pom component should come out like pink lemonade, no?>
        pomegranate liqueur (or molasses?)
        guava nectar
        galliano and/or campari (still prefer galliano, i think)

        muddled and shaken, not stirred.
        and yes it is a neat little grasshopper, isn't it? looks like some sci-fi lead character with pink armor! (and don't those look like frogs' or -- even better -- lizards' eyes?).

        1. re: alkapal

          :) You must try vanilla rum in a mojito, alkasis. Vanilla and mint play nicely together!

          I might steer away from the pomegrante liqueur (too sweet) or molasses (same and would ruin the pretty color).

          We get pomegranate juice blend which is both flavorful and colorful...kinda the shade of cranberry juice.

          Galliano would add a nice layer of flavor. I think if the grasshopper contained all the alcohol listed above, it wouldn't take much before you'd see him with your own eyes. ;) WOOHOO! I would really love to know what would make a drink his particular shade of pink.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            "" I would really love to know what would make a drink his particular shade of pink.""

            practice makes perfect ;-)).

            so...dump the pom molasses or liqueur in favor of pom juice? or cran juice?

            1. re: alkapal

              True that!

              But I didn't know there was even such a thing as pom it pom colored? I do think pom juice (not straight b/c it's waaaaaaaaaaay too tart, but a blend) or cran juice would start to build that pretty pink. You know, I just may have to go downstairs and see what we have on the bar...not too late to pick some mint and experiment (experiMINT?)! <insert mad scientist cackle here>

              1. re: kattyeyes

                yes. it is used in mid-east cooking.

                i think the pom molasses or liqueur should be good. i agree, the straight pom juice is a little harsh. to be honest, i haven't had the pom liqueur. i liked the idea, but it might be yukky.

                here's how one feels after a couple of the drinks:
                awww, i knew you'd like *that*! ;-).

                1. re: alkapal

                  LOL--that cat is dreaming of pink grasshoppers! ;)

                  Yeah, we have pom liqueur but I don't care for it. OK, just checked in the name of research. It IS Pama. It's kinda nasty. Do you remember Cheracol cough syrup (who knew it had codeine!!!)? It was tastier than Pama, and sadly, it is sort of an amberish color.

                  This is a lovely photo of a vanilla mojito:

                  But now I'm drawn to the pom molasses...who knew? I like the snow swirls. Maybe if you swirled it just right you could make an abstract grasshopper out of the pom syrup. Of course, we need to wait a while till it snows!

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    OK, I just made my own pink grasshopper out of what we had here in the house. First I made a pineapple mojito (using pineapple rum), then pinked up the concoction with (who even knew this existed--someone's family member bought this--not mine!) Cran-Strawberry juice. It is less bright a shade than the REAL grasshopper, but about the right color. :) Cheers! I think an even better one can be made as you suggested above, but I don't mind helping in the name of serious research.

                    1. re: kattyeyes

                      thanks for taking one for the team -- in the name of research, of course.

                      ok, pom liqueur --OUT.
                      i find the cran-flavors always leave a little aftertaste.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        I hear you. I'm not a fan of the cran-flavors, either, but it was already chilled in the fridge (it had to be an accidental purchase--neither of us would intentionally buy it)...I think the pomegranate juice blend--or pom molasses for sure--would be better. But the color is nicely pink! And Tostitos Naturals go with very nicely. ;)

                        1. re: kattyeyes

                          i'm into the tj's white corn tortilla restaurant style chips (triangular, not round) -- organic or regular. i think they're better than tostitos.

                      2. re: kattyeyes

                        For your color inspection, I present...just one of many regional variations of the pink grasshopper! ;)

        2. Due to a childhood filled with Kung Fu reruns, I think grasshopper calls for something Asian. Chambord and sake combine well, or Chambord and soju for something stronger.

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          1. re: danieljdwyer

            My childhood was filled with Hong Kong Phooey (Number 1 Super Guy!) maybe we need to throw Canton Ginger Liqueur in the mix. ;)

            1. re: danieljdwyer

              daniel, that's funny! i think you may be onto something ;-).

              chambord and sake? that'd knock your socky!