Green Monster Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:15

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 Monster is a fun and fruity cocktail that is loved by those who enjoy a sweet and tangy drink. It was first created in a beach bar in Hawaii, where the bartender wanted to create a drink that was as vibrant and lively as the island itself. The Green Monster quickly became a hit among tourists and locals alike, and is now enjoyed all over the world.

How Green Monster Tastes?

The Green Monster is a sweet and tangy cocktail with a hint of sourness. The fruity flavors of pineapple and lime are balanced by the sweetness of the melon liqueur, creating a refreshing and vibrant taste that is perfect for a hot summer day.

Interesting facts about Green Monster

  • The Green Monster was named for its vibrant green color, which is achieved by using melon liqueur.
  • Despite its name, the Green Monster is a sweet and fruity cocktail, not a scary one.
  • The Green Monster is often served in a highball glass, garnished with a slice of lime or a cherry.


Melon Liqueur

At 1.5 oz, the melon liqueur provides the 'green' in the Green Monster, both in color and flavor. It brings a sweet, fruity dimension that's unmistakable. If you skip it, you'll lose the melon magic — and frankly, it wouldn't be much of a monster without its signature hue! Substitute with a kiwi or apple liqueur, and you're looking at a different beast altogether; less melon, more orchard.

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Pineapple Juice

3 oz of pineapple juice gives this cocktail a tropical punch and some necessary acidity to balance the sweetness of the liqueur. Too little, and the drink falls flat; too much, and you're sipping straight-up juice. No pineapple? Try mango or papaya juice for a twist that stays on vacation.

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Lime Juice

With 1 oz lime juice, we're adding some zesty zing that keeps the drink vibrant. It's like the lime in your cola; without it, you'd just have a syrupy soda. Substitute with lemon juice for a sharper tartness, but know that your monster might get a bit more growl.

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Simple Syrup

Sweet, but not too sweet. At 0.5 oz, the simple syrup is the peacekeeper between tart and tangy. It's like the friend who makes sure everyone gets along at the party. Forget it, and the sip could be a lip-puckerer. A dollop of honey could sub in, but expect a flavor shift to the more floral side.

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Lime Slice

A slice of lime isn't just a pretty garnish; it's an invitation to the taste buds. A hint at what's inside the glass. Drop it, and sure, the glass looks naked, but the taste won't suffer too much. Twist it — maybe a cucumber slice for refreshment or a sprinkle of garnish salt for a mini margarita moment.

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Ah, the cherry, the proverbial icing on the cake, or in this case, the cocktail. It adds a pop of color and a hint of berry flavor if muddled. It's not crucial, but who doesn't love a cherry on top? Swap with a raspberry for a tart touch, or go wild with a lychee for an exotic finish.

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Recipe. How to make Green Monster Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the melon liqueur, pineapple juice, lime juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined.
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Tropical Fruit Salad: The fruity flavors will enhance each other, making a refreshing combination.
  • Fried Calamari: The citrus notes in the cocktail help cut through the richness of fried foods.
  • Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce: The sweetness of the cocktail complements the savory and slightly spicy flavors of the satay.


  • Chilled Green Tea: Echoes the botanical notes and provides a non-alcoholic pairing.
  • Coconut Water: A hydrating option that maintains the tropical theme.

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What you could change in Green Monster

  • You can substitute the melon liqueur with Midori if you prefer a more intense melon flavor.
  • If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving sugar in hot water.

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Spicy Green Monster

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker.

This version brings a kick that contrasts with the sweet and fruity notes nicely. The jalapeño will give the drink a fiery depth, perfect for those who like a walk on the wild side. The cocktail will make your palate dance a tango with sweet melon steps followed by spicy taps.

Smokey Green Monster

  • Replace simple syrup with agave syrup and add a dash of mezcal to the shaker.

The agave syrup will complement the mezcal's smoky flavor, making for a complex and mysterious drink. If the original is a friendly monster, this one lurks in the shadows, drawing you in with its enigmatic profile that's both sweet, smoky, and deep.

Herbal Green Monster

  • Muddle some fresh basil leaves in the shaker before adding other ingredients.

Here we introduce an herbaceous note to the Green Monster, adding another layer of flavor. It's like the monster found its way into the garden and came out with a garland of basil — a fresh twist for a more sophisticated palate.

In case you forgot basics how to make Green Monster

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 Monster

What alcohol best pairs with the Green Monster cocktail?

Considering the fruity flavors of the Green Monster, it pairs well with a light white rum or a citrus-infused vodka.

Is the Green Monster cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, all the ingredients used in the Green Monster are plant-based, making this cocktail suitable for vegans.

Can I make a pitcher of Green Monster ahead of time for a party?

Yes, you can definitely make a large batch of Green Monster. However, make sure to add the ice just before serving to prevent dilution.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Green Monster?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, simply skip the Melon Liqueur. You can add melon-flavored syrup or juice for the melon flavor.

Are there any potential allergens in the Green Monster cocktail?

Unless you have a specific allergy to any of the ingredients used in the Green Monster, it should be allergy-friendly. However, always check the ingredients if you have any known food allergies.

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