Penguin Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:10%

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 Penguin cocktail is a playful and refreshing mix that's perfect for those who enjoy a fruity and slightly tropical twist to their drinks. It's a relatively modern concoction, likely inspired by the vibrant color of the blue curacao which is reminiscent of the clear blue oceans where penguins might be found.

  • Origins The exact origins of the Penguin cocktail are not well-documented, but it's a hit at summer parties and beachside bars.
  • Popularity It's particularly popular among those who prefer a sweeter, fruitier cocktail that's not too heavy on the alcohol.
  • Audience The Penguin is a hit with a younger crowd and those new to the cocktail scene, as well as with anyone who's a fan of fun, themed drinks.

How Penguin Tastes?

The Penguin cocktail offers a delightful blend of sweet and citrus flavors with a hint of tropical banana. The blue curacao provides a bright, citrusy sweetness, while the vodka gives it a clean, crisp kick. The lemon-lime mix adds a refreshing tang, and the banana liqueur rounds it out with a creamy, fruity finish.

Interesting facts about Penguin

  • The blue curacao in the Penguin cocktail is what gives it its distinctive blue hue, reminiscent of the icy habitats of its namesake.
  • Despite its fruity flavors, the Penguin can be quite potent due to the vodka, making it a deceptively strong drink.
  • The Penguin cocktail is often served in a highball glass, which allows for plenty of ice to keep the drink cool and refreshing.


A few good options for Penguin are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Sprite Soda

Used to add fizzy excitement and a sweet taste, 3 oz of Sprite helps balance the stronger flavors from the liquors. Without it, your Penguin would lose its bubbly personality and could be a bit too stiff!

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Blue Curacao Liqueur

This bright blue potion (0.5 oz) gives our Penguin its iconic color and a bitter orange kick. Skipping the Curacao would make the cocktail less vibrant, both in taste and looks. An alternative could be Triple Sec with a drop of blue food coloring.

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The backbone of the drink. 1 oz gives it just enough kick without overpowering the other flavors. A different spirit like white rum could offer a sweeter, more tropical twist.

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Lemon-Lime Mix

2 oz ensure a tangy punch, harmonizing with the Sprite. Without this sour note, the Penguin might slide towards being overly sweet. A fresh squeeze of lemons and limes could substitute for a homemade touch.

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Banana Liqueur

Half an ounce sneaks in a creamy tropical whisper. Too much could overpower, too little and you might not even notice its subtle charm. If banana isn't your thing, a splash of coconut liqueur could give a different type of tropical vibe.

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Recipe. How to make Penguin Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka, blue curacao, and banana liqueur over the ice.
  3. Add the lemon-lime mix.
  4. Top with Sprite Soda.
  5. Stir gently to combine.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lime or a few blueberries for an extra pop of color.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh ice to avoid any off-tastes from freezer odors.
  • Chill your highball glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.
  • If you want a less sweet version, reduce the amount of banana liqueur and Sprite, and consider adding a splash of club soda.

Perfect Pairings


*Light appetizers such as bruschetta, calamari, or a fresh ceviche can complement the fruity and refreshing notes of the Penguin cocktail.


The citrus elements of the Penguin make it a delightful companion to grilled fish or shrimp cocktails.


Lemon sorbet or banana-flavored desserts would be an excellent match, echoing the banana liqueur and citrus in the drink.


The drink's crisp and fruity profile also pairs well with the delicate flavors of sushi, especially with those that include a touch of tropical fruit.

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What you could change in Penguin

  • Sprite Soda: Can be replaced with any clear lemon-lime soda, such as 7-Up or a generic brand.
  • Blue Curacao Liqueur: If unavailable, try using blue food coloring with a dash of orange liqueur to mimic the flavor and color.
  • Banana Liqueur: In a pinch, you can use banana-flavored syrup or even a small amount of mashed banana with a splash of rum.

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Penguin on the Rocks

  • Omit Sprite and pour ingredients over crushed ice
  • The drink becomes more concentrated and less fizzy

Tropical Penguin

  • Replace lemon-lime mix with fresh pineapple juice
  • Use coconut rum instead of vodka
  • This twist turns the drink into a tropical vacation, with a distinctive pineapple and coconut flavor

Berry Penguin

  • Add a splash of raspberry liqueur
  • Garnish with fresh berries
  • Introduces a berry twist to the flavor, enhancing the fruity dimensions of the cocktail

In case you forgot basics how to make Penguin

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 Penguin

Can I make the Penguin cocktail in advance for a party?

It's best to make the Penguin cocktail fresh to enjoy its effervescence and vibrant flavors. You can prepare the ingredients ahead of time, but mix the drink right before serving.

What type of vodka is recommended for the Penguin cocktail?

A clean and neutral-tasting vodka is recommended to let the fruity flavors shine, but you can experiment with flavored vodkas for a twist.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Penguin cocktail?

Yes, you can replace the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic blue curacao syrup and a banana-flavored drink to make a mocktail version.

How can I achieve a frosted glass effect?

Chill the glass in the freezer for about 15 minutes before serving, or fill it with ice and water while you prep the drink, then dump it out before pouring the cocktail.

What garnishes pair well with the Penguin cocktail besides lime and blueberries?

Mint sprigs, pineapple leaves, or an edible orchid can add an extra tropical flair to the presentation of the Penguin cocktail.

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