Ninja Turtle 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 Ninja Turtle shot is a playful homage to the beloved comic book and TV series characters, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's a hit at theme parties and among those who enjoy sweet, tropical-flavored drinks.

  • Inspiration: Inspired by the colorful bandanas of the Ninja Turtles: Leonardo (blue), Raphael (red), Donatello (purple), and Michelangelo (orange).
  • Popularity: Gained traction in bars that favor themed drinks and shots.
  • Audience: A favorite among young adults who grew up with the series and enjoy nostalgic references in their beverages.

How Ninja Turtle Tastes?

The Ninja Turtle shot is a delightful mix of sweet and tropical flavors, with a creamy coconut undertone and a refreshing melon finish. It's a strong yet smooth shot that's sure to bring a party to your palate.

Interesting facts about Ninja Turtle

  • Colorful Presentation: The shot's presentation pays tribute to the Ninja Turtles with colored sugar rims matching their bandanas.
  • Versatile Occasions: Perfect for summer parties, comic book-themed events, or as a fun addition to a night out with friends.
  • Midori Melon Liqueur: The key ingredient that gives this shot its signature melon flavor and vibrant green color.


Midori Melon Liquor (1.33 oz)

Midori brings a vibrant green hue and a sweet melon flavor to the shot, making it visually stunning and deliciously fruity. If you go overboard, you'll drown out the other flavors; too little, and the melon flavor is lost. An alternative could be another melon flavored liqueur, though Midori is really the Donatello of melon liqueurs—smart, balanced, and hard to replace.

Emma Rose

Malibu Coconut Rum (1.33 oz)

Malibu is like a beach vacation in a bottle. It adds a creamy coconut layer that pairs splendidly with the Midori. Too much would make the shot overpoweringly tropical, leaving you stranded on a desert island of coconut. If you subbed it for a standard white rum, the shot would lose some sweetness and that coconut punch—it'd be like a Ninja Turtle without his shell.

Mary Mitkina

Pineapple Juice (1.33 oz)

This is the mixer that ties our heroes together with its tangy sweetness. Too much pineapple juice, and the shot becomes a bit too tart, stealing the spotlight. Not enough, and the balance is thrown off, like a pizza with no cheese. You could swap in mango juice for a different twist, but you'd be venturing into unknown territory, like a Ninja Turtle in space.

Alex Green


Ice, ice, baby. It's here to chill things down and ensure each shot is as cool as Leonardo leading the team. Without it, you're just sipping on room-temperature mediocrity.

Emma Rose

Colored Sugar (to rim)

A final touch that adds a pop of color and a hint of sweetness to each sip. It's a nod to the iconic bandanas, and without it, you miss out on the full Turtle Power experience. If the colored sugar is skipped, the presentation won't have that 'wow' factor.

Mary Mitkina

Citrus Fruit (to wet rim)

The citrus edge it gives the rim ensures every shot starts with a zesty greeting. No citrus means no tangy kiss, and that's like taking on Shredder without your trusted weapons.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Ninja Turtle Drink

  1. Prepare the Shot Glasses
    • Wet the rim of each shot glass with a slice of citrus fruit.
    • Dip the rim into colored sugar that matches the Ninja Turtles' bandanas.
  2. Mix the Ingredients
    • Fill a shaker with ice.
    • Pour equal parts Midori Melon Liquor, Malibu Coconut Rum, and pineapple juice into the shaker.
  3. Shake Well
    • Shake the mixture until well chilled.
  4. Serve
    • Strain the mixture into the prepared shot glasses.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glasses: Place the shot glasses in the freezer before preparing the shots for an extra cold touch.
  • Layered Look: For a more impressive presentation, carefully pour each ingredient over the back of a spoon to create a layered effect.
  • Sugar Rim Variety: Use a mix of colored sugars on the rim for a more festive look.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The sweet and tropical flavors of the Ninja Turtle shot complement the delicate flavors of sushi, especially those with a touch of sweetness, like mango or avocado rolls.
  • Fried Appetizers: Think coconut shrimp or tempura vegetables. The sweetness of the shot will balance the saltiness of the fried foods.
  • Fruit Platters: Fresh fruit will enhance the tropical notes of the shot. Try it with pineapple, melon, or citrus fruits.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A chilled glass of sparkling water can cleanse the palate between shots, preparing you for the next Ninja Turtle adventure.
  • Light Beers: Choose a light lager or pilsner that won't overpower the shot's flavors but will offer a refreshing contrast.
  • Citrusy Cocktails: A citrus-forward cocktail such as a margarita can pair nicely, echoing the tropical and citrus notes of the shot.

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What you could change in Ninja Turtle

  • Midori Melon Liquor: Can be substituted with any melon-flavored liqueur if Midori is not available.
  • Malibu Coconut Rum: Other brands of coconut rum can be used as a substitute.
  • Pineapple Juice: Freshly squeezed juice is preferred, but store-bought can also be used.

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Blue Raspberry Ninja

  • Swap Midori for blue raspberry liqueur.
  • Add a splash of lemonade for a sharper edge. Recipe:
  • Rim the glass with blue sugar and use a lemon slice to wet the rim.
  • Shake equal parts blue raspberry liqueur, Malibu, and pineapple juice with ice.
  • Serve chilled. The taste becomes tarter, adding a Leonardo-like boldness to your shot.

Fiery Turtle

  • Use Midori, but add a dash of hot sauce or spicy rum.
  • A tiny squeeze of lime heightens the excitement. Recipe:
  • Prepare shot glasses as usual.
  • Shake Midori, Malibu, pineapple juice, hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime with ice.
  • Strain into glasses. This shot is for those who want their Ninja Turtle shot with a kick, like Raphael's fiery temper.

Tropical Mutagen

  • Use Midori and substitute Malibu with a banana liqueur.
  • Use coconut water instead of pineapple juice. Recipe:
  • Rim the glass with green sugar; use lime to wet the rim.
  • Shake Midori, banana liqueur, and coconut water with ice.
  • Serve in a shot glass. This remix lets you sip on a Michelangelo-approved beach party in a glass.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ninja Turtle

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Ninja Turtle

How can I measure 1.33 oz without a jigger?

You can use a tablespoon to measure, as 1 tablespoon is approximately 0.5 oz. Therefore, for 1.33 oz, you would use about 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons.

Are there any non-alcoholic substitutions for this recipe?

For a non-alcoholic version, consider using melon-flavored syrup in place of Midori and coconut-flavored water for Malibu. Omit the alcohol percentage calculation in this case.

Is Ninja Turtle suitable for vegans?

The ingredients listed in the Ninja Turtle shot recipe are typically vegan-friendly, but always check individual brand labels to be sure.

Can I make a Ninja Turtle cocktail in large batches?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe and mix it in a pitcher to serve as a cocktail instead of shots. Just ensure it's well chilled and stirred before serving.

What is the best occasion to serve Ninja Turtle shots?

Ninja Turtle shots are great for themed parties, summer gatherings, or any event where a fun and fruity drink is desired.

How long does it take to chill the shot glasses in the freezer?

It typically takes about 10 to 20 minutes to chill shot glasses in the freezer, depending on your freezer's temperature setting.

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