Drunk Witch 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 Witch cocktail is a concoction that seems to have bubbled up from the cauldron of a playful and mischievous bartender. Its vibrant colors and sweet, fruity flavors make it a hit at Halloween parties or any festive gathering where a touch of magic is desired.

  • Origins: While its exact origins are murky, the Drunk Witch is a relatively modern creation, likely inspired by the colorful and whimsical drinks that became popular in the late 20th century.
  • Popularity: It's a favorite among those who enjoy sweet, visually striking cocktails.
  • Occasions: Perfect for themed parties, especially around Halloween.

How Drunk Witch Tastes?

The Drunk Witch offers a tantalizingly sweet and fruity flavor profile with a slight tanginess from the citrus. The effervescence of the Sprite adds a refreshing fizz that balances the syrupy grenadine and the potent kick of vodka.

Interesting facts about Drunk Witch

  • The vibrant blue and red colors of the Drunk Witch cocktail resemble the traditional colors often associated with witches' attire.
  • It's a popular choice for bartenders to showcase their layering skills due to the distinct separation of colors.
  • Despite its name, the Drunk Witch is often enjoyed responsibly and in moderation.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Blue curacao: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Grenadine: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Sprite: To top
  • Garnish: Lime wheel or cherry

A few good options for Drunk Witch are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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  • Why 2oz? The perfect amount to provide an alcohol base without overpowering the sweet flavors. Too much and you'll feel like you've been hit by a broomstick; too little and the magic won't quite take off. Without vodka, you're essentially making a kid's punch – still tasty but lacking that adult zing.
  • Alternatives? Give white rum a whirl for a witch's cauldron with a tropical twist.

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Blue Curacao

  • Flavor & Color: It's like the spellbinding potion that gives the 'Drunk Witch' its mystical blue hue and adds a hint of orange-flavored enchantment. Skip it, and the charm is broken.
  • Alternatives?: Swapping for Triple Sec maintains the citrusy allure; however, you'll lose the blue that makes this brew mesmerizing.

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  • Sweetness: Ensures the cocktail isn't cursed by bitterness and adds a lovely red swirl. Missing grenadine makes for a less visually striking and tart drink.
  • Alternatives?: Try pomegranate juice if you're out of grenadine; the cocktail will be a bit less sweet but equally bewitching.

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  • Bubbles: Like the fizz of a potion coming to life, Sprite tops the cocktail and makes it light and refreshing. No Sprite? You'll have a stiffer, less-refreshing concoction.
  • Alternatives?: Any clear soda can fill the Sprite's shoes; think 7Up or even club soda for less sweetness.

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Lime Wheel or Cherry

  • Garnish: An incantation of lime enhances the tanginess, while a cherry adds a touch of mystique. Either way, it's the final flourish on your magical mixture.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Drunk Witch Drink

  1. Rim the cocktail glass in a colored sugar
  2. Add ice and ingredients to the shaker
  3. Shake for ~15 seconds
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel or cherry.

Pro Tips

  • To create the perfect layer of grenadine at the bottom, pour it slowly over the back of a spoon.
  • Chill your vodka and blue curacao before making the cocktail to keep it refreshing and cold.
  • Always use fresh ice to avoid diluting the drink too quickly.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: The acidity from the tomatoes and balsamic would be balanced by the sweetness of the grenadine.
  • Fried Calamari: The light and effervescent Sprite in the cocktail can cut through the richness of the fried calamari.


  • California Roll: The mild flavor of crab and avocado would pair nicely without overpowering this sweet and fruity cocktail.
  • Tempura Vegetables: Robust veggies in a light tempura batter will be complemented by the zesty citrus notes from the lime wheel garnish.


  • Lemon Tart: The tartness of lemon would echo the citrus in the cocktail and make for a refreshing end to a meal.
  • Dark Chocolate: Chocolate and citrus are a classic combination, and the bitterness of dark chocolate would counterbalance the drink's sweetness.

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What you could change in Drunk Witch

  • Vodka: Any good quality vodka will do, but for a smoother taste, consider a premium brand like Grey Goose or Belvedere.
  • Blue Curacao: If you don't have blue curacao, you can use another orange-flavored liqueur like Triple Sec with a drop of blue food coloring.
  • Grenadine: In a pinch, raspberry syrup can be used as a substitute for grenadine.

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Bewitched Berry

  • Add muddled mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) before shaking to infuse the potion with a berry spell. The result will be a fruity concoction with a beautiful red-purple hue. A touch more sweetness and complexity will tickle your taste buds!

Enchanted Apple

  • Replace Sprite with apple soda or apple cider to conjure up some autumnal charm. This bewitching brew will taste like a caramel apple at the witch’s fair, giving you a delightful fusion of tart and sweet.

Smoky Sorcerer

  • Swap out traditional vodka for smoky mezcal. Stir in a bit of activated charcoal for a dark, mysterious look. Prepare for a cocktail that's as shadowy as a dark wizard’s cloak and with a smoky flavor that tells tales of ancient spells.

In case you forgot basics how to make Drunk Witch

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 Drunk Witch

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

Yes, for a non-alcoholic 'mocktail' version, you can substitute the vodka and Blue Curacao with non-alcoholic syrups or juices like blue raspberry syrup and omit the alcohol entirely. Use club soda or lemon-lime soda instead of Sprite for a less sweet option.

What's the best way to layer cocktails without mixing the ingredients?

Layering cocktails can be achieved by carefully pouring each ingredient over the back of a spoon or by pouring slowly along the side of the glass, with the densest liquids first. For the Drunk Witch, grenadine is poured last since it's denser than the other liquids.

How can I make the Drunk Witch for a large party without making individual cocktails?

For a large party, you can create a Drunk Witch punch by mixing the ingredients in a large bowl or dispenser. Layering may not be practical, but the flavors will be the same. Garnish individual cups as you serve.

What is the history behind the name 'Blue Curacao'?

Blue Curacao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curacao. Its blue color is artificially added to give cocktails a distinctive and vibrant appearance.

Is it crucial to use a highball glass for the Drunk Witch cocktail?

While a highball glass is traditional for the Drunk Witch cocktail due to its size and shape, which are ideal for layered drinks and sodas, any tall glass will work if a highball glass isn't available.

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