Joker 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 Joker cocktail is a vibrant and whimsical drink, much like the character it's named after. It's a relatively new addition to the cocktail scene, gaining popularity for its playful combination of flavors and colors.

  • Origins
    • The Joker cocktail doesn't have a definitive origin story, but it's believed to have been created by an inventive bartender looking for a drink that would stand out both in taste and appearance.
  • Popularity
    • It quickly caught on in themed bars and at costume parties, especially around Halloween.
  • Audience
    • This drink is a hit among those who enjoy sweet and fruity cocktails with a strong kick.

How Joker Tastes?

The Joker cocktail offers a playful balance of sweet and citrus flavors, with a creamy undertone from the Advocaat. It's a strong drink, thanks to the vodka and Cointreau, but the fizzy orange drink and lemonade provide a refreshing effervescence that makes it surprisingly easy to sip.

Interesting facts about Joker

  • The Joker cocktail's green and orange hues are reminiscent of the iconic character's hair and suit.
  • It's often served during Halloween parties or comic book-themed events.
  • The Advocaat, a Dutch liqueur made from eggs, sugar, and brandy, gives the cocktail a unique texture and flavor.


A few good options for Joker are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The sturdy column of this 'Joker' of a drink - vodka provides a clean, strong alcoholic base without overpowering other flavors. With 2oz, it's just enough to kick without knocking you over. Skip it, and you miss the party the Joker throws! Swap it with gin for herbal notes, but that's another joke altogether.

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It's the citrusy laugh track in the background, giving that zesty orange flavor. At 2oz, it perfectly balances the vodka and complements the lemonade. Lose it, and the drink loses its punchline. Swap for Triple Sec, and you'll keep giggling, just a little fainter.

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The zing of the cocktail, lemonade adds freshness and tanginess, tying the room together like a good punchline ties a joke. Top up, but not too much; you don't want to water down the humor! No lemonade means a flat joke, no chuckles. Substitute with limeade for a tarter laugh.

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Like a surprise squirt flower on the Joker's lapel, Advocaat brings a creamy, eggy twist that no one expects but everyone enjoys. 2oz is the sweet spot - more, and it might curdle the punchline. Skip and the cocktail's comedy becomes too dry. Swap for Bailey's if you want a different texture to the joke.

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Fizzy Orange Drink

The final sparkle on the Joker's grin, this fizzy drink adds bubbles and enhances the orangey subplot. 6oz gives the perfect effervescence - any less, and the smile falls flat; any more, and it becomes a guffaw. Without it, the drink loses its fizz-pop-bang! Swap for soda water if you want to soften the joke.

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Recipe. How to make Joker Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the vodka, Cointreau, and Advocaat.
  3. Gently top up with lemonade to maintain the layers.
  4. Finish by topping with the fizzy orange drink.
  5. Stir gently before serving to create a marbled effect.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice or a twist of lemon peel.

Pro Tips

  • Chill your glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool longer.
  • Adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of lemonade and fizzy orange drink.
  • For a dramatic presentation, use a vegetable peeler to create a long, thin twist of orange or lemon peel.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A variety of cheeses complements the creamy Advocaat and brings out the citrus notes from the lemonade and orange drink.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: The zesty flavors of the cocktail can cut through and complement the succulent taste of shrimp.

Main Courses

  • Light Pasta Dishes: Delicate pasta with a lemon-butter sauce would pair nicely, not overpowering the balance of the cocktail.
  • Grilled Chicken Salad: A refreshing and light salad with a zesty dressing could go well with the citrusy kick of the 'Joker'.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The tartness from the sorbet would align nicely with the cocktail's lemonade, providing consistency in flavor.
  • Vanilla Pound Cake: The simple sweetness of a vanilla pound cake would contrast the complexity of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Joker

  • Vodka: Any premium vodka will do, but for a smoother taste, try Grey Goose or Belvedere.
  • Cointreau: Triple sec can be used as a more affordable alternative.
  • Advocaat: If unavailable, you can substitute with eggnog, though the texture will be slightly different.

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And of course - twists🍹

Joker's Wild Berry

  • Ingredients: Same as the original, but substitute lemonade with berry-flavored sparkling water.
  • Recipe: Follow the original method, replacing the lemonade with berry-flavored sparkling water to add a colorful twist.
  • Description: This twist adds a wild berry ride to the flavor rollercoaster, turning the citrusy laugh into a berry giggle.

Gotham Night

  • Ingredients: Replace fizzy orange drink with cola and add a splash of grenadine.
  • Recipe: Pour vodka, Cointreau, and Advocaat, then top with cola and a splash of grenadine. Stir gently.
  • Description: A darker, more intense cocktail suitable for the brooding denizens of Gotham. The grenadine adds a hint of mystery, like the city's vigilante.

Arkham Escape

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of blue curaçao and replace the fizzy orange drink with tonic water.
  • Recipe: Follow the original method, but add blue curaçao before the final layer of tonic water, for a mesmerizing color effect.
  • Description: A cocktail that looks and tastes like an escape from Arkham Asylum, with a tone as enigmatic as the Joker himself.

In case you forgot basics how to make Joker

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 Joker

Can I make the Joker cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can use non-alcoholic substitutes for vodka and Cointreau, such as seedlip or non-alcoholic triple sec. Use non-alcoholic advocaat or omit it and replace the fizzy orange drink with an alcohol-free version to make a mocktail version of the Joker.

What type of glass is best for serving the Joker cocktail?

The Joker cocktail is best served in a highball glass, as its height is perfect for showcasing the distinct layers of the drink.

How long does it take to prepare the Joker cocktail?

Preparing the Joker cocktail typically takes about 5 minutes, including layering the ingredients correctly in the glass.

Is the Joker cocktail suitable for large events?

The Joker cocktail, with its striking presentation, is perfect for themed events and can be prepared in batches for larger gatherings, just be sure to maintain proper proportions.

What food pairs well with the Joker cocktail?

The Joker cocktail pairs well with light appetizers like bruschetta, cheese platters, or fruit skewers that complement its sweet and fruity profile.

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