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The Grinch Cocktail Recipe

The Grinch Cocktail recipe is one of our favorite drink recipes to make for the holiday season. Inspired by Mr. Grinch, it’s a green cocktail with fruity flavors and a boozy kick just for the adults.

green grinch cocktail in a cocktail glass on a white table

This fun drink uses the same recipe from our popular original Grinch Punch recipe.

While the taste and bright green color are the same, this Grinch drink contains alcohol making it the perfect Christmas cocktail to serve up at your next Christmas party.

If you can pour some ingredients into a bowl, stir it up and serve it into a cocktail glass, you can certainly make this easy cocktail.

green grinch cocktail in martini glass on table

If you are looking for more Grinch recipes to serve up at your next Christmas celebration, give our Grinch Mimosas, Grinch Christmas Nougat Candy or our Grinch Cookies a try.

And if you just want another holiday spirit recipe, try our Christmas Punch or our Christmas Jello Shots.

grinch cocktail upclose in martini glass

Helpful Tips:

  • You don’t want to make this mixture more than a few hours ahead of time or the carbonation from the Sprite will become flat.
  • I would not use a cocktail shaker to make this recipe. The carbonation can cause the drink to explode all over. Best to hand mix it.
  • You can use any clear alcohol for the recipe, you don’t have to use Vodka. You can use tequila, white rum, or any other flavored vodka.
  • The red sanding sugar dissolves when wet so try to avoid getting any additional moisture near it other than what is needed to get it to stick to the rim.
  • Depending on how big your glasses are, this can make up to 6 servings. You can double or triple the recipe for more.
grinch cocktail with stirrer in glass

Ingredients Need to Make The Grinch Cocktail Recipe

Other items you may need:

top view of green grinch cocktail in glass

How to Make The Grinch Cocktail

If you are making your grinch heart straws, you can make these ahead of time.

When ready to make your Grinch cocktail, put everything into a large bowl or glass pitcher and stir well.

Dip your glasses into corn syrup or water and then into the red sanding sugar (optional)

Carefully pour the cocktail mixture into the glasses (try not to get it on the red sanding sugar) and serve and enjoy!

pouring grinch cocktail drink into glass

The Grinch Cocktail

4.55 from 51 votes
The Grinch Cocktail recipe is one of our favorite drink recipes to make for the holiday season. Inspired by Mr. Grinch, it's a green cocktail with fruity flavors and a boozy kick just for the adults.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 packet Lemon-Lime Kool-Aid 13 oz.
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 8 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 8 oz. Frozen Lemonade Concentrate
  • ¼ Cup Sprite
  • 1 Cup Vodka


  • First, start by adding all of your ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  • Next, make the cocktail glass by wetting just the rim of the glass. You need the rim to be wet or sticky before you add the red sanding sugar. I often like to use a bit of corn syrup on my finger, rub it along the rim then dip the top of the glass into the red sanding sugar.
  • Once your glass has been made, you can make the straw by hot gluing the red heart bead onto a lime green straw. I cut the straw to ensure it fit perfectly inside the cocktail glass.
  • Once your straw and cup is ready, carefully pour the cocktail drink mixture into the cocktail glass (avoid getting the sugar wet or it will begin to dissolve).
  • Serve right away and enjoy!



Serving: 1 | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 56g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.

Keyword grinch cocktail, grinch drink, grinch punch for adults
Course Grinch Ideas
Cuisine Cocktails
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Tuesday 20th of October 2020


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