Grass Jelly Delight 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


This cocktail is an innovative fusion of East and West, combining the traditional Asian dessert, grass jelly, with the refreshing tang of a classic cocktail. It's a favorite among those who appreciate unique, adventurous flavors and textures. The grass jelly adds a delightful twist, making it a conversation starter at any gathering.

How Grass Jelly Delight Tastes?

The Grass Jelly Delight is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The grass jelly adds a unique earthy taste, balanced by the sweetness of the syrup and the sourness of the lime. The vodka gives it a strong, robust kick, making it a cocktail that's both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Grass Jelly Delight

  • Grass Jelly is a traditional Asian dessert, known for its cooling properties and health benefits.
  • This cocktail is a modern twist on the classic vodka lime, with the addition of grass jelly for an unexpected texture.
  • Despite its name, grass jelly is not made from grass, but from a plant in the mint family.


A few good options for Grass Jelly Delight are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Grass Jelly

The main star! Its slightly bitter and herbal taste provides a unique base for the cocktail. Without it, you'd lose the 'Grass' in 'Grass Jelly Delight'. It's an essential element that gives character. If you wanted a different jelly, perhaps aloe vera could work, offering a similar texture with a hint of sweetness.

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Vodka is a chameleon, adapting to any flavor profile it's mixed with. Here, it adds kick without overpowering the other ingredients. Too much, and you're at a college party; too little, and it's mocktail hour. Gin could be a herbal alternative, introducing a bouquet of botanicals to the mix.

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Lime Juice

It's like that refreshing breeze on a sultry day. Lime juice adds a tangy punch, slicing through the sweetness. Skimp on it, and the drink falls flat; drown your drink in it, and you'll pucker more than a gossiping socialite. No limes? Try lemon, but remember, it's sharper, like your wit.

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Simple Syrup

The sweet whisperer balancing the acidity and bitterness. Too much, and it's liquid candy; too little, and the tartness might throw a sour punch at your taste buds. Agave syrup is a trendy substitute if you're feeling alternative.

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Club Soda

The life of the party—fizz without the buzz. It gives our cocktail its refreshing edge. Forget it, and the cocktail becomes a distant cousin of a boozy dessert. Squeeze a bit more excitement with a flavored soda if you want to mix it up!

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Ice Cubes

Chill, please! It's not just to cool things down; it's about balance and texture. Melting ice subtly dilutes the cocktail, ensuring each sip is as smooth as your moves on the dancefloor.

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Lime Slice

Aesthetics and a hint of zest, the lime slice whispers, 'I'm sophisticated.' No lime slice, and the cocktail loses its visual appeal—not to mention that little extra citrus oomph.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Grass Jelly Delight Drink

  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add 2 oz of vodka, 1 oz of lime juice, and 1 oz of simple syrup.
  • Stir well to mix.
  • Add 1 cup of grass jelly, chopped into small cubes.
  • Top up with club soda.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother texture, you can blend the grass jelly before adding it to the cocktail.
  • To enhance the flavors, you can infuse the vodka with lime zest before using it.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Asian Cuisine: The fresh zing of lime and the earthiness of the grass jelly complement Asian flavors; try with dim sum or sushi.
  • Grilled Seafood: A nice balance to the smoky flavors of grilled shrimp or squid.
  • Fruit Platters: Preferably with tropical fruits like mango and pineapple to match the cocktail's sweetness and acidity.

Drink Pairings

  • Jasmine Tea: Its floral notes can provide a nice palate cleanser between sips of the cocktail.
  • Ginger Beer: For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages but enjoy a nice spicy kick.

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What you could change in Grass Jelly Delight

  • If you can't find grass jelly, you can substitute it with black jelly or aloe vera gel.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka with tonic water.

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And of course - twists🍹

Chai Jelly Delight

Swap out the grass jelly for chai tea jelly for a spicy twist. Use rum instead of vodka to complement the chai flavors better. This will make the cocktail feel like a cozy, spiced delight, perfect for a chilly evening.

Ingredients: Chai Tea Jelly, Rum, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Club Soda, Ice Cubes, Lime Slice

Berry Jelly Fizz

Instead of grass jelly, use a berry compote set with gelatin. Stick to vodka but infuse it with berries for a few days prior. This rendition will be fruit-forward, with a playful berry tartness perfect for summer days.

Ingredients: Berry Jelly, Berry-infused Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Club Soda, Ice Cubes, Lime Slice

Tropical Jelly Refresher

Opt for coconut jelly, and throw in a splash of pineapple juice. Use coconut rum instead of vodka. It'll turn the cocktail into an exotic vacation in a glass, with a tropical breeze flavor that's undeniably refreshing.

Ingredients: Coconut Jelly, Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Club Soda, Ice Cubes, Pineapple Slice for garnish

In case you forgot basics how to make Grass Jelly Delight

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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 Grass Jelly Delight

What are the origins of grass jelly?

Grass jelly, also known as leaf jelly or herb jelly, is traditionally made by boiling the aged and slightly oxidized stalks and leaves of plants from the mint family. It's popular in many Southeast Asian countries.

I'm allergic to mint. Can I still drink this cocktail?

While grass jelly comes from the mint family, it does not contain the same allergens found in mint. However, if you have a severe allergy, it's recommended to consult your doctor before trying it.

How do I make simple syrup?

Simple syrup can be made at home by dissolving equal parts of sugar in water and heating it until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once cool, it can be stored in the refrigerator.

Can I prepare grass jelly at home?

Yes, you can make grass jelly at home, but it's a labor-intensive process. It involves boiling leaves and stems of specific plants, then allowing the mix to cool and solidify. Ready-made grass jelly is available at many Asian grocers.

Are there any alternative garnishes I can use?

Yes, you can experiment with other garnish options such as a sprig of mint, a twist of lemon or other fresh fruits.

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