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Afterglow Cocktail Recipe

Dec 08, 2017 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Afterglow cocktail is one of those cocktails which are known as a “built up drink”. To “build” a drink is a classic bartending technique in which the ingredients are carefully added directly to the serving glass, one on top of the other.

The cocktail itself is fruity, and leaves a delectable sweet after-taste while still preserving its citrusy, tangy base notes. Many variants of this well-known refreshing drink are prepared around the world, and many bartenders’ preference for serving the Afterglow as a fruit punch, minus the Vodka, are also observed.

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The Afterglow is classically a delicious mix of Vodka, TripleSec, Cranberry juice, and Grape fruit juice. When the recipe is varied, most cocktail lovers tend to substitute the Vodka in the drink with Apricot Brandy, and that obviously enhances and highlights the sweet flavour of the drink. The tropical variants of the cocktail (which is pretty tropical to begin with), often also incorporate Coconut Liqueur as the secondary spirit in the drink. The Afterglow is classically a delicious mix of Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry juice, and Grape fruit juice.

The drink is a well-known Highball cocktail and resembles the gradating colours and hues of an orange-red sunset glow around the drowning sun in the sky, although it may have been named after another kind of glow. If you’re in need of a drink that’ll cheer you up quick, you can’t go wrong with the Afterglow.


  • 60 ml vodka
  • 30 ml Triple Sec
  • Splash of Grape fruit juice
  • Cranberry juice per taste


  1. Fill a Highball glass with ice cubes up to the brim
  2. Add Vodka to the glass
  3. Gently pour the Triple Sec, and then a splash of Grapefruit juice
  4. Dilute the drink more by filling the rest of the glass with Cranberry Juice
  5. Add a stirrer and straw to the glass
  6. Garnish the glass with an orange wedge before serving


  • Ice cubes
  • Highball glass
  • Stirrer
  • Straw
  • Orange wedge as garnish



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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