Green Gables 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 Gables cocktail is inspired by the classic novel 'Anne of Green Gables' by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This refreshing drink is perfect for fans of the book or anyone looking for a delightful and unique cocktail experience.

  • The novel is set in the beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • The drink's green color represents the lush landscapes described in the book
  • This cocktail is popular among literary enthusiasts and those who appreciate a well-crafted drink

How Green Gables Tastes?

The Green Gables cocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and sour, with a hint of herbal notes. The drink is light and refreshing, making it an ideal choice for a warm summer day or a relaxing evening.

Interesting facts about Green Gables

  • The Green Gables cocktail is named after the fictional home of Anne Shirley, the protagonist of the novel
  • The green color of the drink is achieved by using green crème de menthe, which also adds a subtle minty flavor
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a sprig of fresh mint, further enhancing its refreshing taste


A few good options for Green Gables are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka, being a neutral spirit, brings the kick without overpowering the other flavors. At 1.5 oz, it's perfectly balanced to let the other ingredients shine. Too much vodka and you're in for a boozy ride, too little and you'll wonder if it's even there.

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Green Crème de Menthe

This sweet, mint-flavored liqueur at 0.5 oz adds both color and a refreshing twist to the cocktail. Pour too much and you'll feel like you're drinking a mouthwash, too little and the drink loses its 'green' badge of honor.

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Lime Juice

The sharp zest of lime juice at 0.5 oz brings out a citrusy tang which cuts through the sweetness. Lime juice is essential; skip it and you miss that punchy contrast that defines the drink.

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Simple Syrup

Simple syrup sweetens the mix. With 0.5 oz, it’s just enough to smoothen the edges without steering into a sugar rush. Forget the syrup, and the lime might just win the flavor tug-of-war.

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Club Soda

The club soda tops it off and adds a sparkling finish. It lifts the cocktail, making it dance on your palate. Eliminate it, and our Green Gables becomes a dense, motionless affair.

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Mint Sprig

The garnish is more than decoration; it’s the aromatic overture that greets your senses with each sip. No mint sprig? The cocktail will still taste great, but that first minty impression will be sorely missed.

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Recipe. How to make Green Gables Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, green crème de menthe, lime juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Top with club soda
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with a mint sprig

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool longer
  • Muddle the mint before adding it to the drink to release its aroma

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses like goat cheese or Havarti will contrast nicely with the minty freshness of the cocktail.
  • Sushi Rolls: Particularly those with avocado or cucumber to mirror the 'green' aspect of the Green Gables.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The lightness of a grilled chicken breast complements the bright flavors of the cocktail.
  • Seafood Pasta: Pair this with a creamy seafood pasta to balance the cocktail's tangy and sweet notes.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The citrus notes will echo the lime juice in the cocktail for a refreshing end to a meal.
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: To amplify the minty character of the drink, what better way than with a classic mint dessert?

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What you could change in Green Gables

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin for a more botanical flavor
  • Green Crème de Menthe: Peppermint schnapps can be used as a substitute
  • Simple Syrup: Honey or agave nectar can be used for a natural sweetener

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Spicy Gables

Ingredients: Replace simple syrup with honey syrup and add a dash of hot sauce. Recipe: Follow the original recipe but substitute syrup and add the hot sauce with the other ingredients. Flavor: This twist adds a spicy kick that complements the mint, creating a daring contrast that's not for the faint of heart.

Berry Gables

Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur. Recipe: Include the raspberry liqueur in the shaker with the other ingredients. Flavor: Introduces a fruity undertone to the Green Gables, creating a summery vibe that's perfect for berry lovers.

Herbal Gables

Ingredients: Use basil instead of mint and add 0.5 oz of elderflower liqueur. Recipe: Shake elderflower liqueur with the other ingredients and garnish with basil. Flavor: This version explores an herbal garden, where the basil and elderflower introduce a complex, floral sophistication to the mix.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Gables

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 Gables

Why is it called a cocktail?

The term 'cocktail' dates back to the early 19th century. While there are many theories, the true origin of the term remains unclear. Some suggest it's because the drinks were originally served in rooster (or cock) tail feathers while others believe the term is from the French word for egg cup, 'coquetel', which was used to serve drinks.

What is the origin of vodka?

Vodka originated in Eastern Europe, with both Russia and Poland laying claim to its invention in the 8th or 9th century. The name 'vodka' is derived from the Slavic word for water, 'voda'.

What is the best way to store vodka?

Exposure to heat and fluctuating temperatures can affect the quality of vodka over time. Thus, it is advisable to store vodka in a cool and dark place, away from direct sunlight. While it does not need to be refrigerated, you can store it in the freezer to ensure it's perfectly chilled when served.

How is Green Crème de Menthe made?

Green Crème de Menthe is a sweet, mint-flavored liqueur. It's made by soaking dried peppermint leaves in grain alcohol for several weeks, then removing the leaves and adding sugar. The green color usually comes from adding food coloring.

What is the proof of vodka?

Most vodka brands are 80 proof, which means they contain 40% alcohol by volume.

Is there any gluten in vodka?

Vodka is made by distilling fermented grains, and even if the original grain contained gluten, the distillation process removes any proteins, including gluten. However, if you're extremely sensitive to gluten, you might opt for vodka made from potatoes, corn, or other gluten-free materials.

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