Green Hornet 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 Hornet cocktail is believed to have originated in the 1970s, inspired by the popular television series 'The Green Hornet'. The show featured a crime-fighting duo, and the cocktail was created to capture the essence of their adventures. The Green Hornet is a favorite among fans of the show and those who enjoy a refreshing, vibrant cocktail.

  • The Green Hornet was popularized in the 1970s
  • Inspired by the television series 'The Green Hornet'
  • A favorite among fans of the show and those who enjoy a refreshing, vibrant cocktail

How Green Hornet Tastes?

The Green Hornet cocktail is a refreshing, sweet, and slightly sour drink with a hint of mint. It has a vibrant green color and a smooth, velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Green Hornet

  • The Green Hornet is named after the crime-fighting duo from the television series
  • The cocktail's vibrant green color is reminiscent of the Green Hornet's iconic car, the Black Beauty
  • The Green Hornet cocktail is often served at themed parties and events


White Rum

White rum is the canvas of our Green Hornet, providing a smooth and slightly sweet alcohol base without overpowering the other flavors. At 1.5 oz, we're ensuring that it's enough to feel the warmth, but not so much that you'll be stumbling around! Leave it out, and you'll have a very minty limeade on your hands.

Mary Mitkina

Crème de Menthe

This sweet, mint-flavored liqueur adds the signature 'green' to our Hornet. At 0.5 oz, it gives a minty kick without turning the drink into mouthwash territory. Skip it, and you'll lose the 'green' as well as the crisp minty profile.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

Freshly squeezed lime juice provides a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the rum and liqueur. Using too much can make your drink too sour, too little and it may become overly sweet. Balance is key.

Emma Rose

Simple Syrup

We include 0.5 oz of simple syrup to add just a hint of sweetness, making it more approachable. Go overboard and it'll be sickly sweet; skimp on it and you might pucker up more than you'd like.

Mary Mitkina

Mint Leaves

Muddled mint leaves are essential for that fresh herbaceous flavor — it's like a garden in a glass! Leaving them out would be like Batman without his utility belt: unprepared and just not as cool.

Alex Green

Fresh Lime

The cocktail's garnish, this lime slice isn't just a pretty face; it's a final fresh zesty kick before sipping. It's like the cherry on top, only it's a lime — and there are no cherries in this drink.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Green Hornet Drink

  1. In a shaker, muddle the mint leaves
  2. Add the white rum, crème de menthe, lime juice, and simple syrup
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a fresh lime slice

Pro Tips

  • Muddle the mint leaves gently to release their flavor without tearing them
  • Chill the cocktail glass before pouring the mixture to keep the drink cool longer
  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor

Perfect Pairings


  • Fresh Seafood: The citrus notes in the Green Hornet can complement the freshness of seafood, particularly oysters or shrimp cocktail.
  • Light Salads: A simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing will pair nicely without overpowering the cocktail's minty freshness.
  • Cheese Platters: Mild cheeses such as mozzarella or creamy goat cheese can provide a nice balance to the Green Hornet's crispness.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The tartness of lemon sorbet will resonate with the lime juice's zing in the cocktail.
  • Mint Chocolate Desserts: Given the crème de menthe in the drink, mint chocolate chip ice cream or mint-infused chocolate desserts will be a perfect match.

Other Drinks

  • Sparkling Water: To keep the palate cleansed between sips, a glass of sparkling water does wonders.

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What you could change in Green Hornet

  • White Rum: Can be replaced with vodka for a less sweet taste
  • Crème de Menthe: Peppermint schnapps can be used as a substitute
  • Fresh Lime: Lemon can be used if lime is not available

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Spicy Hornet

Ingredients: Swap the Simple Syrup with 0.5 oz of honey syrup and add a small slice of jalapeño. Recipe: Muddle the mint and jalapeño, then follow the original recipe, using honey syrup instead of simple syrup. Description: This twist will add a spicy kick that contrasts the mint's coolness and the sweetness of honey will round out the sharpness of jalapeño.

The Ruby Hornet

Ingredients: Replace the Crème de Menthe with 0.5 oz of Chambord (raspberry liqueur). Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting Chambord for the Crème de Menthe. Description: This variation introduces a fruity, slightly tart note that will dance with the lime and rum, creating a berry blast with an herbaceous undertone.

Golden Hornet

Ingredients: Use gold rum instead of white and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Recipe: Same as the original, but with the gold rum and bitters added before shaking. Description: This will give the cocktail a deeper, more complex flavor profile, with the bitters providing an aromatic touch and the gold rum a little vanilla-like sweetness.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Hornet

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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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Hornet

Can I make the Green Hornet without alcohol?

Yes, you can skip the alcohol components to make it a Mocktail. Just make sure to adjust the rest of your measurements to maintain a good balance of flavors.

What all utensils are required for making the Green Hornet cocktail?

A Shaker, Muddler and a strainer are broadly what you require to make this cocktail.

Can the Green Hornet cause a hangover?

Like any other alcoholic drink, overconsumption can lead to a hangover. It always suggested to drink responsibly.

Is it necessary to chill the cocktail glass?

While not absolutely necessary, a chilled glass does help to keep your drink cool for longer.

Does the Green Hornet cocktail contain sugar?

Yes, the Green Hornet Cocktail contains sugar as part of the Simple Syrup ingredient. There would also be trace amounts in other ingredients.

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