Drunk Ghost 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 Drunk Ghost is a whimsical concoction that emerged from the playful side of mixology. It's a drink that's as fun to make as it is to consume, perfect for Halloween parties or any occasion that calls for a touch of the supernatural.

  • Inspiration: This cocktail draws its inspiration from the creamy sweetness of tropical drinks and the playful imagery of ghostly apparitions.
  • Popularity: It's particularly favored by those who enjoy sweet, dessert-like cocktails with a coconut twist.
  • Occasions: Best served at themed parties or as a novel treat to impress your friends.

How Drunk Ghost Tastes?

The Drunk Ghost is a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a tropical vibe. The coconut rum and vanilla vodka provide a smooth, velvety base, while the coconut cream adds a rich, lush texture. The lemon-lime soda offers a refreshing fizz that balances the sweetness and makes it dangerously easy to drink.

Interesting facts about Drunk Ghost

  • The Drunk Ghost is often associated with Halloween due to its name and creamy, ghostly appearance.
  • Despite its sweetness, it contains a decent amount of alcohol, so it's best to enjoy it in moderation.
  • The cocktail's tropical ingredients make it a popular choice for summer events, despite its spooky name.


A few good options for Drunk Ghost are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Malibu Coconut Rum

Malibu is like the Caribbean vacation of spirits, bringing tropical vibes with its sweet coconut flavor. 2oz is the sweet spot—it's enough to make you feel beachy, but not so much that you forget you're not actually on vacation. Skimping on this means losing the cocktail's soul. Swap it with regular white rum and a dash of coconut extract for a DIY twist.

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Vanilla Vodka

This is the sneaky ninja of spirits, adding smooth vanilla notes. 1oz keeps it subtle; we're not making a vanilla milkshake! Leaving it out would make the drink less complex. Consider replacing it with regular vodka and a splash of vanilla extract if in a pinch.

Alex Green

Coconut Cream

This is the creamy dream, adding texture and softness. 2oz creates that silky mouthfeel without turning into a liquid coconut. If omitted, the drink would be less rich and more like a standard highball. A possible alternative is heavy cream with coconut syrup, for those who like to mix things up.

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Lemon Lime Soda

It's the bubbly life of the party, giving a 4oz zap of zest and keeping things light and refreshing. Reducing it would depress the cocktail's spark, while increasing it might dilute the flavor party. Swap with club soda and a squeeze of fresh lime if you’re out of the ready-made stuff.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

They’re the unsung heroes, chilling without changing the taste. 'As needed' is bartender speak for 'enough to chill, but don't turn the drink into the Arctic'. Forgetting the ice is like forgetting to chill – you just don’t do it. No true alternative, but in the case of an ice crisis, frozen pieces of fruit can add a fun twist.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Drunk Ghost Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the coconut rum, vanilla vodka, and coconut cream.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top with lemon lime soda.
  6. Stir gently and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: For an extra refreshing experience, chill the highball glass before serving.
  • Garnish Wisely: A slice of lime or a few shreds of coconut on the rim can enhance the tropical feel.
  • Balance is Key: Adjust the soda amount if you prefer a less sweet cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Coconut shrimp: The richness of the coconut from the drink complements the shrimp nicely.
  • Fruit platter with tropical fruits: The sweetness of the fruits will pair well with the cocktail's tropical vibe.


  • Lemon sorbet: Its citrusy flavor enhances the lemon lime soda's crisp tang.
  • Vanilla bean ice cream: Vanilla notes in the vodka find a friend in vanilla ice cream.


  • Salted nuts: Saltiness contrasts with the cocktail's sweetness creating a balanced taste experience.

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What you could change in Drunk Ghost

  • Coconut Rum: If Malibu isn't available, any other coconut rum like Blue Chair Bay can be used.
  • Vanilla Vodka: Absolut Vanilla is a good substitute if you don't have a generic brand.
  • Coconut Cream: In a pinch, coconut milk mixed with a bit of sugar can replace coconut cream.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spooky Pineapple Phantom

  • Swap lemon lime soda with pineapple soda for a tropical twist. Rim the glass with black sugar.

Ingredients: Malibu Coconut Rum, Vanilla Vodka, Coconut Cream, Pineapple Soda, Black Sugar for rim, Ice Cubes Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting the pineapple soda for lemon lime soda and adding a spooky rim with black sugar. This will make the drink more exotic with a tinge of pineapple sweetness and an eerie look.

The Caramel Apparition

  • Mix in a tablespoon of caramel syrup for a dessert-like flair. Top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

Ingredients: Malibu Coconut Rum, Vanilla Vodka, Coconut Cream, Lemon Lime Soda, Caramel Syrup, Whipped Cream, Ice Cubes Recipe: Add the caramel syrup during the shaking process. Follow the rest of the original recipe and garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. The caramel will add a warm, buttery twist that's to die for.

Ginger Specter

  • Replace lemon lime soda with ginger beer for a spicy kick.

Ingredients: Malibu Coconut Rum, Vanilla Vodka, Coconut Cream, Ginger Beer, Ice Cubes Recipe: Simply swap the ginger beer in place of the lemon lime soda. The ginger beer brings a zesty, slightly fiery bite that makes the cocktail more complex and hauntingly delicious.

In case you forgot basics how to make Drunk Ghost

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

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Drunk Ghost

What type of glassware is best for serving the Drunk Ghost cocktail?

A highball glass is typically used for serving the Drunk Ghost cocktail, as it allows for the right amount of ice and soda fizz.

Can the Drunk Ghost cocktail be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can substitute the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic coconut and vanilla-flavored syrups and use a lemon-lime soda to maintain the cocktail's character.

Is it necessary to use ice cubes, or can crushed ice be used instead?

While the recipe calls for ice cubes, crushed ice can also be used for a more slushy-like texture. Be mindful that crushed ice may dilute the drink more quickly.

How can I make the Drunk Ghost cocktail dairy-free?

To make a dairy-free version, ensure that the coconut cream used is free from dairy ingredients, as some brands might include them.

Is there a way to reduce the sugar content in the Drunk Ghost cocktail?

Opt for a low-sugar or sugar-free lemon lime soda, and consider using unsweetened coconut cream and decrease the amount of vanilla vodka.

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