Alien Invasion Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Alien Invasion is a cocktail that was first created in the late 1990s at a popular bar in New York City. The bartender wanted to create a drink that was out of this world, and thus, the Alien Invasion was born. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fruity and sweet drinks with a strong kick.

  • Created in the late 1990s
  • Originated from New York City
  • Perfect for lovers of fruity and sweet drinks

How Alien Invasion Tastes?

The Alien Invasion is a sweet and fruity cocktail with a strong kick. The combination of melon liqueur, coconut rum, and pineapple juice gives it a tropical and refreshing taste, while the vodka adds a strong and potent kick.

Interesting facts about Alien Invasion

  • The Alien Invasion is known for its bright green color, which is achieved by the melon liqueur.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity taste, this cocktail is quite strong due to the vodka.
  • This cocktail is often served in a highball glass with a garnish of a pineapple slice and a cherry.


A few good options for Alien Invasion are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Melon Liqueur

This bright green liqueur adds a sweet, fruity kick, which gives our 'Alien Invasion' its otherworldly hue. With 1oz, it's a perfect base without overpowering the other flavors. No melon liqueur? Try Midori's cousin, kiwi liqueur - though your alien might be a bit less 'martian' in color.

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Coconut Rum

With 1oz, you're infusing the shot with smooth, tropical vibes. Coconut rum can turn your regular shot into an intergalactic vacation. Ditching it? You'd lose the exotic touch, leaving your aliens feeling homesick. Maybe use plain rum if you want something less sweet, but you'll miss the coconut's charm.

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Vodka brings a silent but strong punch with 1oz thrown into the mix, ensuring the drink has a robust backbone. Going without would make the invasion a bit too peaceful. No vodka? A clear, unflavored spirit like white rum could fight the same battle.

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Pineapple Juice

2 oz provides a perfect balance of tang and sweetness, making the universe go 'wow!’ Skip it, and you risk your shot being lost in space with nothing to balance the liqueurs. If you're fresh out, consider using mango or papaya juice for a different type of cosmic adventure.

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Slice & Cherry

These garnishes add a playful, tropical finish and make it visually 'Instagrammable.' Not garnishing is like forgetting to signal the mothership – not a deal-breaker, but are you sure you want to skip it?

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Alien Invasion Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the melon liqueur, coconut rum, vodka, and pineapple juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use fresh pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving for a more refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Appetizers: The sweetness of the Melon Liqueur and Pineapple Juice pairs well with the heat from spicy foods, balancing your palate.
  • Grilled Seafood: The tropical notes of coconut rum and pineapple juice complement the smoky flavors of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Fruit Salads: A fresh fruit salad would mirror the fruity flavors in the shot, creating a harmonious tasting experience.


  • Sparkling Water: Cleanse the palate between shots with some refreshing sparkling water.
  • Coconut Water: Stay hydrated and enhance the tropical experience with coconut water.
  • Fruit Smoothies: Enjoy a non-alcoholic fruity smoothie on the side to complement the tropical theme of the shot.

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What you could change in Alien Invasion

  • You can substitute the melon liqueur with apple liqueur for a different flavor.
  • If you prefer a less strong cocktail, you can reduce the amount of vodka or omit it altogether.

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Extraterrestrial Energy Boost

Add a splash of energy drink to give your aliens the boost they need for world domination. It'll make the shot a bit more tart and give you a zap of energy.

Cosmic Cooler

Replace the vodka with blue curaçao. This will give you a cool blue color and a slightly bitter orange twist to your invasion, making it chillingly extra-terrestrial.

Intergalactic Smoothie

Blend the shot mixture with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve it as a creamy smoothie shot. You'll get a milder sweetness and a velvety texture, perfect for soothing cosmic encounters.

In case you forgot basics how to make Alien Invasion

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Alien Invasion

What's the best time to enjoy an Alien Invasion cocktail?

This cocktail is perfect for any party or get-together. It's also a great choice for summer due to its tropical ingredients and cooling effect.

Can I muddle the pineapple slice for additional flavor?

You certainly can! Muddling a small piece of pineapple in your shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients can add an extra burst of flavor.

Is there a particular brand of melon liqueur best suited for this cocktail?

There's no fixed rule for this. However, Midori is a popular choice for many due to its bright green color and sweet melon flavor.

What other fruits could complement this drink as a garnish other than pineapple and cherry?

A small slice of lemon or a curl of orange peel could add more visual appeal and a slightly different taste.

Any non-alcoholic substitutions for the vodka?

You can substitute the vodka with more pineapple juice or soda water for a non-alcoholic version.

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