Green Lantern Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14%

Created by

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 Lantern cocktail is inspired by the popular DC Comics superhero, known for his power ring and green energy constructs. This vibrant and refreshing cocktail is perfect for comic book fans and those who enjoy a visually striking drink. It has gained popularity in themed parties and comic conventions.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Comic book fans, themed parties
  • Associations: DC Comics, Green Lantern, superheroes

How Green Lantern Tastes?

The Green Lantern cocktail offers a delightful combination of sweet, sour, and fruity flavors, with a hint of mint. The drink is well-balanced, making it both refreshing and invigorating.

Interesting facts about Green Lantern

  • The Green Lantern cocktail is named after the DC Comics superhero, who is known for his green power ring.
  • The vibrant green color of the cocktail is reminiscent of the hero's energy constructs.
  • This cocktail is popular at themed parties and comic conventions.


A few good options for Green Lantern are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka is the canvas of our cocktail painting, providing a strong alcohol base without overpowering the other flavors. Stick to the 1.5 oz for that perfect balance of kick and subtlety. Too little? The drink becomes a soft parade. Too much? You might just forget you’re drinking a cocktail and not a vodka shot. If vodka isn't your thing, try gin for an herby twist!

Emma Rose

Melon Liqueur

This sweet, green nectar gives our Green Lantern its distinctive hue and melon undertones. The 1 oz is just enough to say 'melon', but not 'melon with a megaphone'. Skip it and lose the green lantern in the cocktail—it's like Clark Kent without his glasses. Midori is the go-to here, but if you want a different flavor profile, how about peach schnapps for a fuzzy lantern?

Alex Green

Lemon Juice

Squeeze in 0.5 oz of this citrus zing for a punchy brightness that'll make your taste buds sit up and listen. Less and the drink might seem a bit dull; more and you risk a puckered-up drinker. No lemon juice? Lime could work too, but you'd be tiptoeing into mojito territory.

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Simple Syrup

Sweet, simple syrup. 0.5 oz takes the edge off the alcohol and mellows the lemon’s tartness. Forget it and the cocktail turns into a sour-faced professor. Maple syrup could be a cheeky substitute for a more autumnal twist.

Emma Rose

Mint Leaves

Mint is our fragrant cinephile because it loves the spotlight. Muddle 5-6 leaves to infuse the drink with a fresh, cool vibe. Too few leaves and it’s like whispering your order at a concert; too many and you're lost in the herb garden. No mint? Fresh basil could add interesting notes, but then it's not so much a Green Lantern as a Green Thumb.

Alex Green

Soda Water

The effervescent charmer! Topping with soda water adds sparkle, making our Green Lantern a refreshing crowd-pleaser. Without it, the cocktail is as flat as a superhero movie without special effects. Want a twist? A splash of tonic water can introduce a slightly bitter edge, perfect for the palate that prefers a dry humor.

Mary Mitkina


As needed, because, well, no one enjoys a lukewarm hero. Ice chills the cocktail, ensuring that each sip is a refreshing escape. No ice and your drink is as welcoming as a supervillain's lair.

Emma Rose


A lime wheel and mint sprig aren't just there to look pretty—they add a touch of elegance and a whiff of mint to every sip. Skip the garnish and you've got a superhero in plain clothes—still powerful, but lacking panache.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Green Lantern Drink

  1. In a shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the simple syrup.
  2. Add the vodka, melon liqueur, lemon juice, and ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined.
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and a mint sprig.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the green color, you can add a drop of green food coloring to the shaker.
  • For a more intense mint flavor, you can add a few extra mint leaves while muddling.
  • To make it a frozen cocktail, blend the ingredients with ice instead of shaking.

Perfect Pairings


Seafood: The clean, crisp notes of the Green Lantern cocktail make it a perfect match for seafood appetizers like shrimp cocktail or sushi. It complements the delicate flavors rather than overpowering them.

Spicy Foods: The mint and melon's cooling sensations balance well with spicy foods like Thai spring rolls or jalapeño poppers, making each sip a refreshing break from the heat.

Cheese Platters: A selection of light, fresh cheeses such as goat cheese or feta pairs nicely, offering a creamy counterpoint to the cocktail's acidity and effervescence.

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What you could change in Green Lantern

  • Melon Liqueur: You can replace it with a different green liqueur, such as green apple liqueur or green Chartreuse.
  • Vodka: You can use gin or white rum for a different flavor profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

Spicy Lantern

  • Substitute lemon juice with lime juice
  • Add a small slice of jalapeño into the shaker
  • Replace simple syrup with agave syrup

The Spicy Lantern takes our hero on a trip to the south. The lime and jalapeño kick up the heat while agave syrup brings a sweet Mexican embrace. Be ready for a cocktail that's as zesty and bold as the superhero's will.

Cosmic Berry Lantern

  • Mix in 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur instead of melon liqueur
  • Use cranberry juice instead of lemon juice
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries

Embark on a cosmic journey with the Berry Lantern, where raspberry liqueur and cranberry juice replace the melon and lemon for a berrylicious adventure. This concoction is as intriguing and mysterious as the farthest reaches of space.

Emerald Mule

  • Omit soda water
  • Pour in 1 oz of ginger beer on top of the shaken ingredients
  • Use a copper mug instead of a regular glass

The Emerald Mule is a twist that walks the earthy path. Ginger beer introduces a spicy yet refreshing zing, creating a cocktail with a kick that's as robust as the will behind the Green Lantern's ring. A glowing example of how a simple change can bring about an entirely new experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Lantern

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.

Learn everything about simple syrup

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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.

Learn everything on how to muddle

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 Lantern

Are there other superhero-inspired cocktails?

Yes, there are many superhero-inspired cocktails such as the Black Widow, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, etc. Each has their unique recipe and ingredients.

What type of Vodka do you recommend for the Green Lantern cocktail?

The vodka choice depends on personal preference. However, a smooth, neutral-flavored vodka generally blends well with other ingredients in this cocktail.

Can I make this cocktail non-alcoholic?

Absolutely! You can substitute the alcohol with similar flavored non-alcoholic drinks, like fruit juices or flavored syrups.

What is the best time to serve this cocktail?

The Green Lantern cocktail is refreshing and light, making it perfect for afternoon or early evening parties.

What other garnishes can I use for the Green Lantern cocktail?

Apart from lime wheel and mint sprig, you could use a slice of green apple, melon or even green-colored sugar on the rim for a festive look.

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