Cyclone 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 Cyclone cocktail is a vibrant and refreshing mix that seems to have originated from the sunny coastal regions, where the blend of citrus and tropical flavors perfectly complement the beachside vibes. It's a hit among those who enjoy a balance of sweet and tart notes, with a kick of vodka to liven things up.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, similar cocktails have been found in tropical and subtropical locales.
  • Popularity: It gained popularity for its refreshing taste and visual appeal.
  • Audience: Ideal for those who enjoy citrus-forward cocktails with a moderate alcohol content.

How Cyclone Tastes?

The Cyclone cocktail offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The Grand Marnier provides a smooth, rich orange base, while the grapefruit juice adds a tangy twist. The lemonade tops it off with a refreshing fizz, and the citron vodka gives it a sharp, spirited edge.

Interesting facts about Cyclone

  • The Cyclone cocktail's name might be inspired by the swirling mix of flavors that hit the palate like a refreshing storm.
  • Grand Marnier, a key ingredient, is a French orange liqueur that has been around since the late 19th century.
  • The cocktail's vibrant color and citrus notes make it a popular choice for summer parties and beach gatherings.


A few good options for Cyclone are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Grand Marnier

A blend of fine cognacs and distilled essence of bitter orange, Grand Marnier adds a sophisticated and slightly exotic sweetness to the cocktail. Too much and your Cyclone might become too cloying; too little, and you'll miss that refined edge. Forget it? Consider using Cointreau as a substitute for a similar orange flourish.

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Lemonade brings a crisp, refreshing zing that balances the rich citrus oils from the Grand Marnier and melds beautifully with the tang of the grapefruit juice. If you top up too sparingly, the Cyclone might taste too strong; too liberally, it could get washed out. If you find yourself out of lemonade, a mix of fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup could work in a pinch.

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Grapefruit Juice

Bold and somewhat tart, grapefruit juice provides a citrusy sharpness that undercuts the sweetness and adds layers of complexity. The proportion is critical: too little juice, and the drink loses its punch; too much, and it can dwarf the other ingredients. No grapefruit juice? Try orange juice for a sweeter, less tart cocktail.

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Citron Vodka

Made with lemons, citron vodka injects a vibrant kick into the Cyclone. This ingredient is all about that lemony zing—too much could overwhelm, but if you skimp on it, the cocktail might lack vivacity. Missing citron vodka? Plain vodka is an understudy that waits in the wings, ready to fill in, though the final act will be a touch less citrus-centric.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Cyclone Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the Grand Marnier, grapefruit juice, and citron vodka.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
  5. Top up with lemonade.
  6. Stir gently and garnish with a slice of grapefruit or a twist of lemon peel.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh grapefruit juice for the best flavor; the canned or bottled versions just don't compare.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cooler for longer.
  • A well-shaken cocktail ensures a perfect blend of all the flavors and a nice frothy top when poured.

Perfect Pairings


The fresh and citrus notes of the Cyclone cocktail make it an excellent match for seafood dishes. Try it with grilled shrimp, lobster rolls, or a light ceviche to complement the refreshing attributes of the cocktail.


Opt for salads with a citrus dressing or elements like grapefruit segments, which can mirror the flavors in the cocktail. A nice arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette would be a delightful pairing.

Spicy Foods

The sweetness of the Grand Marnier and the lemonade can help balance the heat in spicy dishes. Enjoy it alongside spicy Thai noodles or a flavorful Szechuan stir-fry.

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What you could change in Cyclone

  • Grand Marnier: Can be substituted with other orange liqueurs like Cointreau or Triple Sec for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Citron Vodka: Lemon-infused vodka from another brand can be used if Citron is not available.
  • Lemonade: For a less sweet version, use sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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Tropical Cyclone

Swap out citron vodka for coconut vodka and top with a splash of pineapple juice. This version takes you on a mini vacation to the tropics, with a creamier, more island-inspired profile.

Berry Cyclone

Add a few muddled raspberries before shaking and replace the lemonade with a floral berry-infused lemonade. Now your Cyclone has a fruity twist, adding depth and a lovely color to your glass.

Spicy Cyclone

Introduce a thin slice of jalapeño to the shaker and use a chili salt rim on the glass. With this fiery twist, the Cyclone gains a little kick, balancing sweet with spicy in a most intriguing dance.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cyclone

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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Cyclone

What type of glass is best suited for a Cyclone cocktail?

A highball glass is typically used for serving a Cyclone cocktail, allowing for a good proportion of ice to beverage and is ideal for tall, refreshing drinks.

Can the Cyclone cocktail be made ahead of time?

It's best enjoyed fresh due to the carbonation of the lemonade and the fresh juices. However, you can premix the alcoholic components and chill them beforehand, adding the lemonade when ready to serve.

Is the Cyclone cocktail suitable for a large party?

Yes, the recipe can be scaled up to create a punch bowl for parties. Remember to add the lemonade just before guests serve themselves to maintain its fizz.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Cyclone cocktail?

You can substitute the Grand Marnier and citron vodka with non-alcoholic orange and lemon extracts or syrups, and ensure the lemonade is non-alcoholic.

What food pairings work well with a Cyclone cocktail?

Light appetizers like ceviche, grilled shrimp, or citrus-infused salads complement the refreshing, citrusy notes of the Cyclone cocktail.

How can I achieve the perfect frothy top on my Cyclone cocktail?

Make sure to shake the mixture vigorously in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice before pouring, which aerates the drink and creates that desirable froth.

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