Green Dragon Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12%

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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 Dragon cocktail is a mystical and enchanting drink that has been enjoyed by many for centuries. It is said to have originated in ancient China, where it was believed to have the power to grant the drinker the strength and wisdom of a dragon. The cocktail gained popularity in the Western world during the 19th century and has since become a favorite among adventurous drinkers.

  • The name 'Green Dragon' is derived from the vibrant green color of the drink, which is reminiscent of the mythical creature it is named after.
  • The cocktail is particularly popular among fans of fantasy literature and films, who appreciate the magical and mysterious nature of the drink.
  • The Green Dragon is often served at themed parties and events, where it is enjoyed by those who appreciate its unique flavor and enchanting appearance.

How Green Dragon Tastes?

The Green Dragon cocktail is a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The drink is well-balanced, with a refreshing and invigorating taste that is perfect for those who enjoy a little adventure in their cocktails.

Interesting facts about Green Dragon

  • The Green Dragon is said to have been a favorite drink of the legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius.
  • The cocktail is sometimes referred to as the 'Elixir of Immortality' due to its mythical origins and supposed magical properties.
  • The Green Dragon is often associated with the element of earth, as it is believed to harness the power and energy of the natural world.


A few good options for Green Dragon are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Green Dragon are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The backbone of many cocktails, 1.5 oz of Vodka provides a strong alcohol base without overpowering the other flavors. Too much, and you're at a frat party; too little, and your dragon's more of a gecko. Without it, the cocktail lacks its fire.

Mary Mitkina

Green Chartreuse

This 0.5 oz of Green Chartreuse is like the magic in your potion, offering complex herbal notes. It's strong, so even half an ounce can enchant your senses (or overwhelm if you're not careful). No Chartreuse? The dragon loses its mythical edge.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

Fresh 0.5 oz Lime Juice gives that zesty punch, countering the sweetness and refreshing your palate. Squeeze too little lime, and the drink becomes timid; too much, and it's soured. No lime? Your dragon might get scurvy.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

A harmonious 0.5 oz of Simple Syrup calms the zing of the lime and rounds out the cocktail. Like Goldilocks, not too sweet, not too bland; just right. Without it, the cocktail might be a bit too tart for some to handle.

Mary Mitkina

Mint Leaves

6 Mint Leaves are like the dragon's scales, providing freshness and a cool factor to the sip. Fewer leaves could mean a less invigorating drink; go overboard, and it's like chewing gum in a glass. No mint? It's just not a Green Dragon then.

Mary Mitkina

Ginger Ale

2 oz of Ginger Ale adds a subtle spice and effervescent quality, lifting the drink to new heights. Miss it out, and you've grounded your dragon. The right amount adds a spark without igniting a fire.

Alex Green


Ice keeps the lair cool; in other words, it chills the cocktail, making it more pleasant to drink and balancing dilution. No ice could mean a warm and less appealing dragon brew.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Green Dragon Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the vodka, green chartreuse, lime juice, simple syrup, and mint leaves.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Strain the mixture into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Top with ginger ale and gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Use fresh mint leaves for garnishing to enhance the flavor.
  • Serve the cocktail in a chilled glass to keep it refreshing for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The herbal notes of the Green Dragon can cut through the richness of cured meats.
  • Cheese Platter: Especially good with creamy cheeses, such as goat cheese, which complement the Green Chartreuse.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The lime juice and mint make this cocktail a fabulous pair with grilled shrimp or fish.
  • Asian Dishes: Try it with a Thai green curry or sushi to play off the ginger and lime flavors.


  • Lemon Tart: The acidity from the lime juice in the cocktail balances the sweetness of the dessert.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad: The mint and lime enhance the freshness of the fruits.

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What you could change in Green Dragon

  • You can substitute Vodka with Gin for a different flavor.
  • If you don't have Green Chartreuse, you can use Yellow Chartreuse but it will slightly alter the taste and color.
  • Lemon Juice can be used as a substitute for Lime Juice.

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Elderflower Dragon

  • Substitute simple syrup with elderflower liqueur like St. Germain.
  • The floral sweetness of elderflower liqueur will give the cocktail a fragrant twist, making it more sophisticated with a sweet, aromatic character.

Spicy Dragon

  • Muddle some jalapeño slices with the mint before shaking.
  • This will add a fiery kick to each sip, turning your dragon into a fire breather.

Dragon’s Orchard

  • Use apple vodka instead of regular vodka and a splash of apple cider.
  • It will give the cocktail an autumnal twist, with a slight tartness and depth from the apple, like wandering through an orchard with your pet dragon.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Dragon

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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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 Green Dragon

What type of glassware is usually used for the Green Dragon cocktail?

The Green Dragon cocktail is usually served in a highball glass or a similar elongated glass to emphasize its vibrant color.

Can the Green Dragon cocktail be made without alcohol?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you could replace the vodka and green chartreuse with non-alcoholic substitutes, such as mocktail mixes, or aromatic herbal and fruit infusions.

Is green chartreuse available worldwide?

Green Chartreuse is a French liqueur available in many parts of the world. However, its availability may vary depending on local import laws and restrictions.

What is the base spirit of the Green Dragon cocktail?

The base spirit of the Green Dragon cocktail is Vodka.

What other cocktails can be made using the same ingredients as in the Green Dragon?

You can prepare a variety of other cocktails with similar ingredients including variations of Moscow Mules, Mojitos and other Chartreuse based cocktails.

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