Grinch Cocktail

grinch cocktail with gold ribbon around

It’s still December and I am still making green drinks! And how could we let the month go by without a nod to our favorite holiday grouch, the Grinch himself? Like my previous Midori Sour Martini and Baby Yoda drink, this one starts with Midori liqueur. But for a Grinch cocktail, I felt a little more “tart” was in order and made it a much more lemony drink.

Ingredients needed for this Grinch cocktail

  • Midori liqueur
  • Limoncello liqueur
  • Lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite)
  • Strawberry and marshmallow for garnish
  • Red sanding sugar for the rim

How to make this cocktail

Start with rimming the glass with red sanding sugar. The procedure for this is simple: wet the rim, then dip in sugar. I use 2 small plates, one with a little water and the other with an even layer of sugar. You can also use simple syrup, honey, or agave instead of the water for a thicker rim.

Then, add the drink ingredients to a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake and then strain into the glass.

To garnish, a cherry is a good choice, but I decided to be a little extra festive and made a little Santa hat with a strawberry and mini marshmallow. Kind of like when I make Grinch kabobs. So fun!


Grinch cocktail

As you can see above, this drink looks great in a martini glass. But Mr. Grinch is a more casual kinda guy, so feel free to serve it on the rocks in a tumbler type glass.

If you have a favorite green-hued drink, of course you can substitute that right in here. My Midori sour is a sweeter version you might want to try.

To reduce the sugar, use a sugar-free soda or sparkling water.

Just don’t skip the red sugar rim and the little Santa hat. I think it really comes down to the decoration that makes this drink Grinchy. 😄

What to serve with your Grinch cocktail

This drink is perfect for a holiday party, with a buffet of appetizers available. Here are a few ideas:

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Enjoy this fun and festive holiday drink!

Grinch cocktail
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5 from 11 votes

Grinch Cocktail

A fun and festive holiday drink!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Sula


  • 1.5 oz Midori liqueur
  • 1 oz Limoncello
  • 5 oz lemon-lime soda
  • Red sanding sugar
  • 1 strawberry
  • 1 mini marshmallow


  • Wet the glass rim and dip in red sanding sugar to coat.
  • Add Midori, Limoncello and soda to a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well.
  • Pour into martini glass or over ice in an old-fashioned glass, as desired.
  • Garnish with strawberry and marshmallow to resemble a Santa hat and serve.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin C: 7mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

About Dr. Seuss

Did you know? In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. William Ellsworth Spaulding was the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin (he later became its chairman), and he compiled a list of 348 words that he felt were important for first-graders to recognize. He asked Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss) to cut the list to 250 words and to write a book using only those words. Spaulding challenged Geisel to “bring back a book children can’t put down”.Nine months later, Geisel completed The Cat in the Hat using 236 of the words given to him. It retained the drawing style, verse rhythms, and all the imaginative power of Geisel’s earlier works but, because of its simplified vocabulary, it could be read by beginning readers. (Wikipedia)


10 thoughts on “Grinch Cocktail

  1. 5 stars
    This drink looks so refreshing!!! And perfect for those of us who are Grinch-like around the holidays! 🙂 Also, that’s a really cool fact about Dr. Seuss writing Cat in the Hat. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this drink! It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sour…so Grinch-y! I will be making these for the rest of December every time we watch the grinch…which is almost every day right now with a 4-year-old…LOLOLOLOL!

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