High Speed 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 16, 2024


The High Speed cocktail is a modern concoction designed for those who seek a quick and invigorating boost. Its origins are not well-documented, but it seems to have surfaced in the early 2000s when the popularity of energy drinks was on the rise.

  • Who Would Like It?
    • Party-goers looking for a night-long buzz.
    • Fans of sweet and citrusy flavors.
    • Those who enjoy a good kick of caffeine with their alcohol.

How High Speed Tastes?

The High Speed cocktail is a vibrant mix of sweet and tart flavors, with a citrusy punch from the lemon-flavored rum. The gin adds a subtle herbal complexity, while the energy drink imparts a sugary and slightly tangy taste. It's a strong beverage with a caffeine kick that's sure to keep you alert.

Interesting facts about High Speed

  • The High Speed cocktail is often consumed by those who want to party late into the night.
  • It combines the effects of alcohol and caffeine, which can be a controversial mix.
  • The cocktail's name reflects its energizing properties and the fast-paced lifestyle of its enthusiasts.


  • Gin: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon flavored rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Energy drink: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed

A few good options for High Speed are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


Gin is a spirit known for its botanical flavors, which provide depth to the High Speed cocktail. 1 oz is just the right kiss of gin to permeate without overpowering. Going heavy-handed might steer your cocktail into a juniper-forward territory, shadowing the playful citrus rum.

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Lemon-Flavored Rum

Lemon-flavored rum gives this drink a zesty twist, playing off the energy drink's vibrancy. Why 2 oz? Because it's the sweet spot, like finding a lemon in your lemonade. Too little, and the rum sits awkwardly, like an unsent text message waiting for a reply. Too much, and it monopolizes the conversation. Alternatives: Try lime-flavored rum for a tangier experience, or even an orange-flavored one for a rounder, fruitier dance on the tongue.

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Energy Drink

The energy drink is the life of the party, making the 8 oz a marathon, not a sprint. It brings sweetness and that caffeinated kick. Skipping it would be like missing the headliner act at a music festival. It also fills the glass, so without it, you'd just have a sad, half-empty cocktail begging for attention. Alternative: A flavored soda or tonic could bring a different kind of effervescence and cut the caffeine, but you might need to nap after.

Alex Green

Ice Cubes

Ice cubes are essential to keep the High Speed cocktail cool as cucumber. They chill both the drink and your nerves as you dive into the fast lane. If you ditch the ice, you might as well buckle up for a lukewarm ride of disappointment

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make High Speed Drink

  1. Fill a collins glass with several ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1 oz of gin over the ice.
  3. Add 2 oz of lemon-flavored rum.
  4. Top with 8 oz of energy drink.
  5. Stir gently to mix.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy responsibly.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cooler for longer.
  • Use fresh ice to avoid any freezer tastes affecting the drink.
  • Be mindful of the caffeine and alcohol content; enjoy in moderation.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Salty Snacks: The tangy and energetic nature of the High Speed cocktail can be contrasted by the richness of salty snacks like chips or salted nuts. It is an enjoyable way to balance your palate.
  • Spicy Wings: The lemon notes in the rum and the sharpness of the gin could complement the spice and heat from a plate of hot wings.
  • Nacho Platter: The citrus zing of this High Speed concoction may cut through the creamy textures of guacamole and cheese, lifting the flavors of your nachos.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A non-alcoholic bubbly to cleanse the palate between sips of your cocktail.
  • Chilled Green Tea: The freshness of green tea might align nicely with the herbal notes in the gin. A simple, revitalizing break from the High Speed's buzz.

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What you could change in High Speed

  • Gin: Any dry gin can be used if Seagram's is not available.
  • Lemon-Flavored Rum: If Bacardi Limon is not on hand, any other lemon or citrus-flavored rum will suffice.
  • Energy Drink: Red Bull is the standard, but any similar energy drink can be substituted.

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And of course - twists🍹

Raspberry Rush

  • Gin: 1 oz
  • Chambord (Raspberry Liqueur): 1 oz
  • Lemon-Flavored Rum: 1 oz
  • Energy Drink: 8 oz
  • Ice Cubes: As needed
  • Fresh Raspberries for garnish

Add a fruity burst by replacing half of the lemon rum with Chambord. This ruby-tinted twist will be like a raspberry lemonade on steroids. Be prepared for an even more vibrant ride!

Tonic Fusion

  • Gin: 0.5 oz
  • Lemon-Flavored Rum: 1.5 oz
  • Tonic Water: 4 oz
  • Energy Drink: 4 oz
  • Ice Cubes: As needed
  • Lemon Slice for garnish

Half-and-half your energy drink with tonic water and reduce the gin quantity. The Tonic Fusion High Speed is made for those who prefer a more subdued buzz and a hint of bitterness.

Herbal Breeze

  • Gin (Preferably with a strong botanical profile): 1 oz
  • Lemon-Flavored Rum: 2 oz
  • Aloe Vera Juice: 4 oz
  • Cucumber Energy Drink: 4 oz
  • Fresh Cucumber Slices and Mint for garnish

Rewrite the script with a Herbal Breeze—a spa day in a glass. Aloe and cucumber play the lead, providing a refreshing and hydrating twist. Perfectly suited for high-speed lounging by the pool.

In case you forgot basics how to make High Speed

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.

Learn everything on how to stir

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Frequently Asked Questions on High Speed

Can the High Speed cocktail be made as a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the High Speed cocktail by replacing the gin and lemon-flavored rum with non-alcoholic spirit alternatives or using a combination of lemonade and a non-caffeinated energy-style soda.

Is the High Speed cocktail suitable for vegans?

The ingredients listed in the High Speed cocktail are typically vegan-friendly. However, it's recommended to check the labels of the specific brands of spirits and energy drinks used to ensure they align with vegan standards.

What type of glass is best for serving the High Speed cocktail?

A collins glass is most commonly used for serving the High Speed cocktail due to its tall shape, which is ideal for drinks with added mixers like energy drinks.

How can I measure the ingredients without a jigger?

You can use common kitchen measuring spoons and cups to measure the ingredients. For example, 1 oz is approximately equivalent to 2 tablespoons, and 8 oz is equivalent to 1 cup.

What are some garnish ideas for the High Speed cocktail?

To enhance the presentation, you can garnish the High Speed cocktail with a lemon or lime wheel, a sprig of mint, or even a sugar rim on the glass for added sweetness.

Is it possible to batch make the High Speed cocktail for a party?

Certainly, you can batch make the High Speed cocktail by simply scaling up the ingredients in proportion. However, it's best to add the energy drink just before serving to maintain its carbonation and texture.

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