Green Frog 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 Frog is a vibrant and playful cocktail that's been a hit at parties and casual gatherings. Its name comes from its bright green color, reminiscent of a frog's hue.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, it's believed to have been created in the late 20th century.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular among those who enjoy sweet and fruity flavors.
  • Audience: The Green Frog is a favorite for those looking to enjoy a fun, visually appealing drink that's not too strong.

How Green Frog Tastes?

The Green Frog cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors with a fruity punch. It's light on the palate with a playful melon note, thanks to the Midori, and finishes with a refreshing citrus kick.

Interesting facts about Green Frog

  • Color: Its bright green color makes it a visually stunning choice for themed parties.
  • Versatility: The Green Frog can be easily turned into a non-alcoholic version by omitting the spirits.
  • Garnish: It's often garnished with a slice of lime or a cherry to enhance its playful presentation.


  • Midori: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Lime juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Vodka: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.25 oz(8ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Cherry: 1 for garnish

A few good options for Green Frog are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The vibrant heart of the Green Frog cocktail, Midori, with its 1.5 oz measure, provides a sweet melon flavor that creates the drink's signature green hue. If you short-change us on Midori, we'll lose that ribbit-worthy color and the sweet notes - a real leap in the wrong direction. An alternative could be a different melon liqueur, but expect a possible change in sweetness and color vibrancy.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice

To keep the cocktail from getting 'too froggy' (read: overly sweet), we need 0.5 oz lime juice for that tangy counterbalance. Lose the lime, and the drink might just hop over to syrupy swamp territory. No one wants to kiss a too-sweet frog, no prince will come from that! A possible alternative: lemon juice, for a different kind of citrus punch.

Alex Green


1 oz of vodka is the invisible workhorse here, adding a little kick without changing the flavor profile much - like a frog’s hidden strength. Cut back on vodka, and you might as well be drinking a melon punch. Go overboard, and you'll drown all the other flavors, not seeing the lily pad for the pond. Seek an alternative in a light rum if you fancy a hint of sweetness.

Emma Rose

Simple Syrup

With just a quarter-ounce, simple syrup is like the gentle dew on a lily pad at dawn – necessary for balance, but too much and everything gets slippery. If we were to skip it, the drink could be too tart, but overdo it, and it’s diabetes in a glass. An alternative sweetener could be honey syrup for a richer sweetness.

Mary Mitkina

Ice Cubes

Chill your mix with the cubes! The right amount is 'as needed' to keep it cool like a frog in a pond, but don't turn us into an iceberg. No ice? You'll have a lukewarm amphibian, no good for sippin'.

Alex Green


The garnish is a cherry on top! It’s the final touch, the crowning jewel, a sweet kiss. Leave it out, and the beauty of your pond is just a bit less sparkly. No cherry? Use a lime wheel, and call it lily pad chic.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Green Frog Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of Midori, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 1 oz of vodka, and 0.25 oz of simple syrup into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry or a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Always serve the Green Frog in a chilled glass to keep it refreshing.
  • Balance the Sweetness: Adjust the amount of simple syrup based on the sweetness of the Midori and your personal preference.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Sushi Rolls: The sweetness and notes of melon from the Midori will complement the delicate flavors of sushi, especially those with avocado or cucumber.
  • Fried Calamari: The crisp citrus acidity of the lime juice cuts through the richness of fried foods.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken Salad: The freshness of the cocktail pairs nicely with a light, zesty salad.
  • Fish Tacos: The citrus elements within the cocktail will enhance the flavor of the fish.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A sweet and tart dessert will echo the lime and sweet notes of the Green Frog cocktail.
  • Fruit Salad: A mix of fresh fruits complements the fruity aspects of the drink.

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What you could change in Green Frog

  • Midori: If Midori is not available, you can substitute it with another melon liqueur.
  • Vodka: Any brand of vodka will do, but for a smoother taste, opt for a premium brand.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup can be used as a substitute for a slightly different sweetness.

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The Blue Toad

Switch the Midori for blue curaçao, and suddenly you've jumped into a different pond! The flavors will lean more towards citrus rather than melon. Simply follow the original recipe, swapping out Midori for blue curaçao (1.5 oz), and brace yourself for a tropical lagoon adventure!

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog

Introduce a splash of grenadine (0.25 oz) to the mix, and watch your frog blush a beautiful sunset color. The grenadine will add a sweet pomegranate hint. It will be slightly sweeter, so you may want to reduce the simple syrup slightly. The cherry garnish will feel right at home here.

The Lemon Lily Pad

Replace the lime juice with lemon juice and simple syrup with honey syrup for a cocktail that's more like a sunny day in the frog's meadow than a night out in the city. This frog likes it sweet and floral, and isn't afraid to show it. The result will be a brighter, slightly more fragrant twist on the original.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Frog

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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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 Frog

How long does it take to prepare a Green Frog cocktail?

The Green Frog cocktail usually takes about 5 minutes to prepare, including the time to gather ingredients, mix, and garnish.

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Green Frog cocktail?

A chilled cocktail glass or martini glass is ideal for serving the Green Frog to enhance the presentation and maintain the temperature of the drink.

Can I make a batch of Green Frog cocktails for a party?

Yes, you can mix a larger batch of the Green Frog cocktail in a pitcher, scaling up the ingredients proportionately. Just make sure you add the ice and garnishes when ready to serve to keep it fresh.

How can I garnish the Green Frog if I don't have cherries?

If cherries are not available, you can garnish the Green Frog with a sprig of mint, a slice of cucumber, or even a twist of lime zest for a decorative and flavorful touch.

Is there a specific time of year when the Green Frog cocktail is more popular?

The Green Frog cocktail, with its vibrant color and refreshing taste, is particularly popular in the spring and summer seasons, but it can be enjoyed year-round.

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