Beetlejuice Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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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 Beetlejuice cocktail is a fun, fruity drink that's perfect for Halloween parties or any time you're in the mood for something a little different. It's named after the 1988 Tim Burton film 'Beetlejuice', and its vibrant green color is reminiscent of the movie's quirky, supernatural theme. This cocktail is a hit with fans of sweet, tropical flavors and is sure to be a conversation starter at your next gathering.

How Beetlejuice Tastes?

The Beetlejuice cocktail is a sweet, fruity concoction with a tropical twist. The pineapple juice and melon liqueur give it a refreshing, tangy flavor, while the vodka adds a kick of strength. The overall taste is smooth, vibrant, and delightfully exotic.

Interesting facts about Beetlejuice

  • The Beetlejuice cocktail is named after the 1988 Tim Burton film 'Beetlejuice'.
  • Its vibrant green color is achieved by using melon liqueur.
  • Despite its spooky name, it's a sweet, fruity drink that's perfect for summer parties.


A few good options for Beetlejuice are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is the spirit base of the Beetlejuice cocktail, providing a clean, crisp alcohol kick that supports the other flavors. Use less, and you might as well be sipping on fruit juice. Too much, and you'll overpower the melon and pineapple, turning the cocktail into a spiky fruit punch.

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Melon Liqueur

This gives the Beetlejuice its hauntingly green hue and subtly sweet, melon flavor. Skip this, and you lose the ghostly charm. If you can't find melon liqueur, try Midori for a similar effect; just note the flavor may be more intense.

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Pineapple Juice

Bringing the tropics into the mix, the pineapple juice adds sweetness, acidity, and a velvety texture. Remove it, and the cocktail becomes less Beetlejuice and more boring juice. Too little, and it’s lost in the vodka's strength; too much, and it's a pineapple party where vodka and melon liqueur weren't invited.

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Recipe. How to make Beetlejuice Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of vodka, 1 oz of melon liqueur, and 4 oz of pineapple juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure all the flavors are well combined.
  • Using a chilled glass will help keep your cocktail cold for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Seafood - The sweetness and acidity of the Beetlejuice cocktail cut through the richness of seafood.
  • Chicken Satay - Complements the tropical vibe with its own zesty flavor.
  • Cheese Platter - A selection of cheeses can provide a rich contrast to the Beetlejuice's fruity notes.


  • Citrus Sorbet - Enhances the cocktail's refreshing qualities.
  • Fruit Tart - Pairs with the fruity pineapple juice in the cocktail.
  • Vanilla or Coconut Ice Cream - The creamy texture complements the cocktail's smoothness.

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What you could change in Beetlejuice

  • If you don't have melon liqueur, you can substitute it with Midori.
  • You can also replace the vodka with white rum for a different flavor profile.

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Black & White Beetlejuice

*Black vodka: Replace regular vodka to give the drink a darker tone. *Add a splash of coconut cream to add a monochrome effect. The taste will be slightly more robust with the flavored vodka and the cream adds a silky texture.

Tropical Beetlejuice

*Coconut rum: Use instead of vodka for a tropical twist. *Mango juice: Mix with the pineapple juice for a fuller fruity profile. This twist would feel like a vacation in a glass, with a more pronounced exotic flavor.

Spicy Beetlejuice

*Chili-infused vodka: Swap out regular vodka for a spicy kick. *A dash of cinnamon: Adds a warm depth to the flavor profile. This version would have an exciting heat that tickles the throat and a unique complexity to the simple Beetlejuice.

In case you forgot basics how to make Beetlejuice

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 Beetlejuice

What's the ideal time to serve the Beetlejuice cocktail?

As a fruity and vibrant drink, the Beetlejuice cocktail can be served as an aperitif before a meal or at summer and Halloween parties due to its unique colour and name.

Can I serve the Beetlejuice cocktail in a different type of glass?

While serving the Beetlejuice cocktail in a cocktail glass is traditional, you can also use any glassware you want. However, serving it in a clear glass best showcases its vibrant green color.

Do I need to use a cocktail shaker for making the Beetlejuice cocktail?

A cocktail shaker is ideal because it cools the drink, blends the flavors, and adds a frothy texture. But if you don't have one, you can use a mason jar with a tight lid or simply stir the ingredients.

What are some good food pairings with the Beetlejuice cocktail?

As a tropical and sweet drink, it pairs well with spicy dishes, seafood, or light appetizers.

Can I make the Beetlejuice cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can omit the vodka and melon liqueur and use a melon flavored syrup or juice as a substitute to keep the cocktail's signature green color and taste.

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