Bubblegum Cocktail 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 Bubblegum cocktail is a fun and playful drink that was created in the 1980s during the height of the candy craze. This sweet and colorful concoction is a favorite among those who enjoy nostalgic flavors and a vibrant presentation. The Bubblegum cocktail is often served at themed parties and events, where guests can reminisce about their childhood memories while sipping on this delightful beverage.

How Bubblegum Tastes?

The Bubblegum cocktail is a sweet, fruity, and slightly tart drink with a distinct bubblegum flavor. The combination of fruit juices, liqueurs, and vodka creates a well-balanced and refreshing taste that is both playful and sophisticated.

Interesting facts about Bubblegum

  • The Bubblegum cocktail is often served in a martini glass, showcasing its vibrant colors and fun presentation.
  • The drink's bubblegum flavor is achieved through the use of bubblegum-flavored vodka or liqueur, which can be found at specialty liquor stores.
  • Some variations of the Bubblegum cocktail include the addition of edible glitter or colored sugar for an extra touch of whimsy.


A few good options for Bubblegum are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Bubblegum-flavored vodka

Provides the primary nostalgic flavor of the cocktail. If too much is used, the drink can become overwhelmingly sweet. Less, and you might find the cocktail loses its characteristic bubblegum punch.

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Blue Curaçao

A touch of tropical citrus and a vivid blue hue, that also helps balance the sweetness from the vodka and the banana liqueur. Skip it, and you'll miss out on both the color and an elegant bitterness.

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Banana Liqueur

Introduces a creamy, tropical layer. Too much can overpower the delicate bubblegum flavor, too little, and the cocktail lacks depth.

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Pineapple Juice

Adds a tangy fruitiness and helps to smooth out the stronger flavors. Without it, the cocktail might feel less balanced and more cloyingly sweet.

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Provides a splash of color and a whisper of tart sweetness. If omitted, the drink doesn't get its gradient visual appeal and might taste less complex.

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Chills the drink, diluting it slightly to mellow the flavors. Not enough ice, and the drink will be too strong; too much, and it becomes watery.

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Maraschino Cherry and Orange Slice

Not just eye-candy, the cherry adds a hint of almond-like flavor while the orange provides a fresh zesty aroma to the nose before you take a sip.

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Recipe. How to make Bubblegum Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the bubblegum-flavored vodka, Blue Curaçao, banana liqueur, and pineapple juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled and well combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass, allowing it to sink to the bottom and create a layered effect.
  6. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • For a fun twist, try adding a splash of cream soda to the mix.

Perfect Pairings


Sweet Treats: The Bubblegum cocktail's sweet profile marries well with desserts. Consider pairing it with vanilla or strawberry ice cream to complement its fruity undertones.

Savory Snacks: For a contrasting experience, try pairing with salty snacks like pretzels or potato chips. The saltiness will balance the sweetness of the cocktail.


Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Pair with a citrus soda or sparkling water for those who want to indulge in a fizzy experience without the extra alcohol.

Coffee: End your meal with the Bubblegum cocktail and a side of rich, black coffee which can cut through the sweetness and cleanse the palate.

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What you could change in Bubblegum

  • If you can't find bubblegum-flavored vodka, you can infuse plain vodka with bubblegum.
  • Blue Curaçao can be replaced with any other blue liqueur.
  • If you don't have banana liqueur, you can use banana syrup or banana flavored vodka.

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Bubblegum Daiquiri

Swap the vodka for white rum, and lime juice for pineapple juice. This switch gives a Caribbean twist, lending the drink a more mature, tart edge.

Bubblegum Spritz

Add soda water after shaking the other ingredients. This creates a lighter, more refreshing version, perfect for an afternoon in the sun.

Sour Bubblegum

Introduce a splash of lemon juice and egg white. Shake well to create a frothy texture. The lemon adds tartness, contrasting with the sweet flavors and the egg white adds a silky mouthfeel to the drink.

In case you forgot basics how to make Bubblegum

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.

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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 Bubblegum

Can I prepare the Bubblegum cocktail ahead of time?

Yes, you can mix all the ingredients except for the garnishes and keep it chilled. Just before serving, shake it well, pour into glasses, add grenadine and garnishes.

What cuisine does the Bubblegum cocktail belong to?

The Bubblegum cocktail does not belong to a specific cuisine. It was created during the candy craze in the 1980s and is enjoyed worldwide.

Can I substitute other flavored vodkas in the Bubblegum cocktail?

Yes, but it may alter the taste and the bubblegum flavor. Ensure that the substituted flavor complements the other ingredients.

How can I make the Bubblegum cocktail non-alcoholic?

You can replace the bubblegum-flavored vodka with a non-alcoholic bubblegum syrup, and omit the other alcoholic ingredients. Replace Blue Curaçao with blue food coloring and banana liqueur with banana syrup.

Can I add food coloring to enhance the drink's color?

Yes, you can add food coloring, though the ingredients of this cocktail already provide a vibrant color. Use sparingly as it may affect the flavor.

Can I serve the Bubblegum cocktail in other types of glasses?

Sure, it can be served in any glass, but serving it in a martini glass enhances the presentation due to its large bowl and wide rim.

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