The Praying Mantis, from Sean D. Enright at Spork in Pittsburgh, is a welcome upgrade to the classic Grasshopper. Menthol-forward Fernet Branca Menta (Fernet Branca works as well) and rice-based horchata liqueur offer a sophisticated twist on the simpler flavors of the original.
Green crème de menthe is prettiest here, combining with the creamy horchata liqueur (or plain horchata) to create a pretty vintage mint color.
- 1½ parts Mint fernet
- ¾ part Horchata liqueur or Horchata
- ½ part Crème de cacao
- ½ part Mint liqueur
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail or coupe glass.
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- Praying Mantis recipe at Punch