Call A Cab Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

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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 Call A Cab cocktail is a popular drink in the tropical regions, especially in beach bars. This cocktail got its name due to its high alcohol content, suggesting that after having one, you might need to call a cab to get home. It's a favorite among those who enjoy strong, fruity cocktails.

How Call A Cab Tastes?

The Call A Cab cocktail is a potent mix of sweet and sour flavors. The sweetness of the peach schnapps and the sour mix balance each other out, while the vodka and rum give it a strong kick.

Interesting facts about Call A Cab

  • The Call A Cab cocktail is known for its high alcohol content.
  • Despite its strength, it's a very refreshing drink, perfect for hot summer days.
  • The cocktail got its name from the idea that you'd need to call a cab after drinking it due to its strength.


A few good options for Call A Cab are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The unsung hero that doesn't bogart the limelight. At 1.5 oz, it gives the cocktail its necessary kick without overpowering the other flavors. Vodka is the backbone here, providing a strong foundation. If you skimp on it, you might as well call a cab — because you're going home early! No Vodka? Go for a neutral grain spirit or even gin for a botanical twist.

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1.5 oz of rum slinks in with its sweet and slightly spicy notes, romancing the taste buds. It keeps the party in your mouth hopping without causing a scene. Too much, and the sweetness might take over; too little and the cocktail loses its complexity. Swap it with whiskey for a bolder hit, or go for a flavored rum to intensify the tropical vibe.

Alex Green

Peach Schnapps

Peachy keen at 1 oz, this little devil adds a fruit-forward jubilance. It's sweet without being pushy, and skipping it would leave the drink feeling a bit empty, like a beach without the sun. You could replace it with apricot brandy or apple schnapps for a different fruity demeanor.

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Sour Mix

Sour mix is the life of the party at 2 oz — ensuring that things stay lively and balanced. It keeps the sweetness in check and provides that tangy zing. Use less, and you don't quite get the zip; use more, and you're puckering more than kissing. Lemon juice and simple syrup could do the trick if you're in a pinch.

Mary Mitkina


A little fizzy lifting drink at 1 oz! Sprite adds effervescence, creating a feeling of lightness and aiding in the drinkability of the cocktail. Leave it out, and the drink may feel too 'still'. A dash of soda water and an extra squeeze of lemon could stand in if needed.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Call A Cab Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, rum, peach schnapps, and sour mix.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with Sprite.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix all the ingredients.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the sour mix for a better taste.
  • Chill the glass before serving for a more refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Calamari: The zesty and sweet nature of the cocktail can cut through the richness of the fried seafood.
  • Cheese Platter: Opt for cheeses with a bit of tanginess to complement the sour notes in the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken with Pineapple Salsa: The fruitiness of the peach schnapps and the carbonation from Sprite will pair nicely with the sweet and savory flavors of the dish.
  • Light Pasta Dishes: Preferably with a white wine or citrus-based sauce, to match the cocktail's refreshing profile.

Desserts and Snacks

  • Lemon Sorbet: The coolness and tartness of the sorbet would be a nice palate cleanser after the sweet and sour cocktail.
  • Salted Nuts: The saltiness of the nuts could balance out the cocktail's sweetness while adding a satisfying crunch.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips without overpowering the cocktail's flavors.
  • Iced Lemon Herb Tea: Herbs like mint or basil could add an interesting contrast to the cocktail's sweet profile.

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What you could change in Call A Cab

If you don't have peach schnapps, you can use peach liqueur. If you don't have sour mix, you can make your own by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and simple syrup.

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Call An Uber

  • Swap vodka and rum with tequila and mezcal for a smoky variant.
  • Use 0.5 oz of agave nectar instead of peach schnapps for sweetness with a twist.
  • Add a dash of orange bitters for complexity. This version trades the bright, fruity flavors for a deeper, smoky profile while maintaining the cocktail's fun nature.

Last Train Home

  • Use lemon-lime soda instead of Sprite for a more pronounced citrus kick.
  • Add a splash of cranberry juice for color and a tart edge.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and a sprig of mint. The cranberry brings a tartness that plays well with the lemon-lime soda, making it a refreshing choice for a summer evening.

Designated Driver

  • Go completely non-alcoholic with seedlip (a non-alcoholic spirit), non-alcoholic rum, and a splash of peach-flavored syrup.
  • Opt for a non-alcoholic sour mix.
  • Use sparkling water instead of Sprite. This mocktail version allows everyone to join the party without worry. It maintains the fruity and fizzy character while being inclusive.

In case you forgot basics how to make Call A Cab

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 Call A Cab

Can this cocktail be served as a pitcher?

Yes, the Call a Cab cocktail can be easily converted into a pitcher cocktail. Just make sure to adjust the ratio of the ingredients and do not add the Sprite until just before serving.

Is this suitable for all age groups?

No, due to its high alcohol content, the Call A Cab cocktail is not suitable for individuals under the legal drinking age.

Could you suggest any food pairings with this cocktail?

This cocktail goes well with spicy, grilled, or barbecued foods. It also complements tropical cuisines pretty well.

What glassware is most suitable for serving the Call A Cab cocktail?

Traditionally, Call A Cab cocktail is served in a highball glass. But, it can also be alternatively served in any glass that holds about 12 oz.

Are there any specific occasions to enjoy this cocktail?

While there are no specific occasions to enjoy the Call A Cab cocktail, it is perfect for hot summer days, at beach parties, or casual gatherings due to its refreshing nature.

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