Should you find yourself still in the spirit to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, or need some pampering in its aftermath, I would like to suggest the slightly boozy Grasshopper Mousse! Perhaps McDonald's is no longer serving its recently reclaimed Shamrock Shake! Whatever the sitch, this creamy, 70's-elegant dessert is a delight anytime. I had written about Grasshopper Mousse before, prepared for one of my Derby parties back in 2013, but I felt the recipe should stand on its own as well in this particular post. It really is fantastic and so easy to prepare.
A heartfelt thanks to Leah Tinari of the sorely lamented Fatta Cuckoo restaurant in Manhattan who supplied me with her mother's treasured cocktail party staple recipe. Do enjoy! Grasshopper Mousse
2 large boxes of vanilla pudding mix
6 cups heavy cream
3/4 cups creme de menthe
1/2 cup creme de cacao
Package of Oreo cookies
Whip pudding and heavy cream together and gradually add both liqueurs. Whip until mousse-like and desired consistency is reached. Give it a taste and add a tblsp or two more of liquor for a stronger flavor. Place in a container and chill. Crush Oreo cookies in food processor.
Place some cookies crumbs in bottom of martini glass. Add grasshopper mousse, top with whipped cream and sprinkle on more cookie crumbs.
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
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