Green Demon 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 Green Demon cocktail is believed to have originated in the 1990s, during the height of the popularity of brightly colored cocktails. Known for its vibrant green hue and powerful kick, this cocktail quickly became a favorite among party-goers and those looking for a fun and visually striking drink. It is often associated with celebrations, tropical vacations, and lively nightlife.

  • Origin: 1990s
  • Associations: Parties, vacations, nightlife
  • Popularity: High during the 1990s, still enjoyed today

How Green Demon Tastes?

The Green Demon is a sweet and sour cocktail with a strong, fruity flavor. The combination of melon liqueur, lemon-lime soda, and citrus vodka creates a refreshing and tangy taste, while the addition of white rum adds a hint of warmth and depth.

Interesting facts about Green Demon

  • The Green Demon's vibrant color comes from the melon liqueur, which is typically made from a blend of honeydew melon, sugar, and alcohol.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Green Demon is a potent cocktail due to the combination of vodka, rum, and liqueur.
  • The Green Demon is often served in a highball glass, allowing for plenty of ice and garnish to enhance the visual appeal.


  • Melon liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Citrus vodka: 1 oz(30ml)
  • White rum: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon lime soda: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Ice: As needed
  • Lemon wheel: 1
  • Garnish: Mint sprig:1

A few good options for Green Demon are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Melon Liqueur

Melon liqueur brings a sweet, fruity base to our Green Demon. It's like liquid candy that gives the drink its signature green hue. Skimp on it and the drink loses its soul; overdo it and you're in sugar city! Without it, the cocktail just wouldn't be its melon-y self.

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Citrus Vodka

Citrus vodka is the zesty kick that puts the 'demon' in Green Demon. Too little and the drink becomes timid, too much and your taste buds might go into citrus overload. This one ensures that the cocktail packs a punch while still being refreshing.

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White Rum

White rum is the silent hero of spirits, adding a smooth, alcoholic warmth without stepping into the limelight – because it's all about that shared flavor harmony. Leave it out, and you miss the backbone of the drink. Overwhelm the mix, and it's more a rum rebellion than a Green Demon.

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Lemon-Lime Soda

Here's the bubbly personality! Lemon-lime soda splashes in with effervescent joy and a touch of sweetness, rounding out the edges of our potent friends. Forget this one, and your cocktail is left high and dry—quite literally—without that refreshing zip and zing.

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Ice, the unsung hero of chill, ensures that your Green Demon is as cool as it sounds. No ice, and you've got a lukewarm misstep waiting to happen.

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Lemon Wheel

A lemon wheel adds a zesty garnish that looks as good as it tastes – an eye-candy citrus twist that says 'I'm fancy and I know it'. Leaving it out won't ruin your day, but it definitely makes things less fun.

Mary Mitkina

Mint Sprig

Lastly, a mint sprig is like that fresh breeze on a warm day. It's a fragrant flourish that whispers subtlety into the mix. No mint, and the drink just lacks that final, refreshing high note.

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Recipe. How to make Green Demon Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1 oz of melon liqueur, 1 oz of citrus vodka, and 1 oz of white rum over the ice.
  3. Top with 2 oz of lemon-lime soda.
  4. Gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a mint sprig.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your ingredients before mixing to ensure a refreshing cocktail.
  • Use freshly squeezed lemon-lime soda for a more authentic taste.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients without diluting the cocktail too much.

Perfect Pairings


  • Seafood: The refreshing citrus notes in the Green Demon make it an excellent partner to light seafood dishes, such as shrimp cocktail or ceviche.
  • Salty Snacks: Salty snacks like pretzels or chips can balance the sweet and tart flavors of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The citrusy flavors in the cocktail complement the smokiness of grilled chicken.
  • Vegetarian Stir-Fry: A veggie-packed stir-fry with a hint of sweetness will match this fruity and lively drink.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The lemon-lime soda and citrus vodka will enhance the tartness of the sorbet.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: A simple fresh fruit salad would be elevated by the melon flavors present in the drink.

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What you could change in Green Demon

  • Melon liqueur: Can be replaced with Midori or another melon-flavored liqueur.
  • Citrus vodka: Can be substituted with regular vodka and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.
  • White rum: Can be replaced with light rum or even tequila for a different twist.

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Electric Blue Demon

  • Ingredients: Switch melon liqueur with blue curaçao and lemon-lime soda with tonic water.
  • Recipe: Same as Green Demon, but with a luminescent blue hue that'll make you feel like you're sipping electricity. The tonic water will add a slightly bitter edge and a magical glow under blacklight.
  • Flavor: Expect a bolder, slightly bitter taste compared to the original, perfect for those who want a twist with a bit of a bite.

Spicy Demon

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce to the original ingredients.
  • Recipe: Muddle the jalapeño or mix in the hot sauce before adding the rest of the ingredients. This mix should be tantalizingly spicy but still refreshing.
  • Flavor: The heat complements the sweetness and makes for a daring and adventurous drink. Are you up for a little dance with the devil?

Forbidden Fruit Demon

  • Ingredients: Replace melon liqueur with apple schnapps and garnish with a cinnamon stick instead of mint.
  • Recipe: Follow the original instructions, replacing the melon liqueur with apple schnapps. Garnish with the cinnamon stick for an autumnal twist.
  • Flavor: This will bring a sweet and spiced profile, reminiscent of apple pie. Perfect for those who like a side of nostalgia with their naughtiness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Demon

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 Green Demon

What type of alcohol level does the Green Demon cocktail have?

Considering it contains two types of spirits and one liqueur, the Green Demon is a fairly strong cocktail. It's definitely not a light drink.

What is the best occasion to drink a Green Demon cocktail?

Given its vibrant color and tropical flavor, the Green Demon is perfect for a fun twist at a summer party, pool party, or beach day. It's also a great Halloween cocktail due to its bright green appearance.

Is the Green Demon a good cocktail for beginners?

While the Green Demon does have a fruity, appealing taste, it is a strong drink, so it might not be ideal for someone who isn't used to the taste of alcohol. Its potency should be considered for those new to drinking cocktails.

Are there any non-alcoholic alternatives to the Green Demon cocktail?

Non-alcoholic substitutes for each ingredient can be used to reproduce the Green Demon as a mocktail. Use melon flavored syrup instead of the liqueur, a citrus flavored soda in place of the vodka, and another type of white non-alcoholic spirit for the rum. Replace the lemon-lime soda with a non-alcoholic sparkling drink.

What are other similar cocktails to the Green Demon?

Other similar cocktails include the Midori Sour, which also uses melon liqueur, or even a classic Long Island Iced Tea, as it also involves combining several types of spirits.

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