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Grinch Cocktail Recipe

Jun 01, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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We all love our classic cocktails, but sometimes it’s nice to have a night with some fresh and modern cocktails, instead of worrying about what is sophisticated. The Grinch is the perfect opportunity for this.

The drink is made with Midori – the Japanese word for “green” – a liqueur made by Suntory that was introduced in 1978. In fact, it was made exclusively in Japan until 1987, which means that the cocktail is very young, globally. The liqueur was launched in New York City’s iconic Studio 54 during a party held by the entire cast, producers, and crew of the classic movie “Saturday Night Fever”. It grew massively in popularity afterwards, as Midori was available in 20 countries by 1983. The Midori is what makes gives the cocktail its distinctive green hue.


  • 2 ounces of Midori melon liqueur
  • ½ ounce of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup


  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glass

The simple syrup is used to combat the sour taste of the Midori. For those who want a stronger drink, there are people who choose to add vodka to their drink. Of course, if you want to make the drink stronger, AND also combat the sour taste of the Midori, there are all sorts of infused vodka that can help you accomplish this, as well.

There are also those who choose to be a bit more adventurous, and use ANOTHER green ingredient in cocktails: the elusive absinthe. This version of the drink also usually includes ginger ale. For those who are fans of garnishes, the typical garnish for the cocktail is the maraschino cherry.

It should be noted that the Grinch is a great option for a St. Patrick’s party, as it keeps with the “green” theme of the globally-celebrated holiday. Of course, because of the name, the drink is most commonly associated, however, with Christmas – as the Grinch is a fictional character created by Dr. Seuss that “steals Christmas”, and has been a famous character for decades now, and remains so.


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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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