Pistachio Dream Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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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 Pistachio Dream is a modern cocktail that was first created in the early 21st century. It's a delightful blend of creamy, nutty, and sweet flavors that is perfect for those who enjoy indulgent drinks. The cocktail is particularly popular among dessert lovers and those who appreciate the unique taste of pistachios.

  • The Pistachio Dream was first created in a high-end cocktail bar in New York City.

  • The cocktail quickly gained popularity due to its unique flavor profile and visually appealing green color.

  • It's a favorite among those who enjoy sweet and creamy cocktails.

How Pistachio Dream Tastes?

The Pistachio Dream is a creamy, sweet, and slightly nutty cocktail. It has a rich, velvety texture and a lingering taste of pistachio. The sweetness of the liqueur is balanced by the slight bitterness of the pistachios, creating a well-rounded and indulgent flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Pistachio Dream

  • The Pistachio Dream is often served as a dessert cocktail due to its sweet and creamy nature.
  • Despite its rich flavor, the cocktail is surprisingly light and doesn't leave you feeling heavy.
  • The vibrant green color of the cocktail is naturally derived from the pistachios used in the recipe.


  • Pistachio liqueur: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Cream: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Ice: As needed
  • Pistachios: For garnish

Pistachio Liqueur

Pistachio Liqueur is the star of the show! It provides a sweet, nutty flavor that's unmistakably pistachio. If you skimp on it, you'll miss out on that dreamy pistachio punch. Want to switch things up? Try almond liqueur for a different nuttiness, just remember it's like switching out the leading actor in your favorite play - it'll be a whole new performance!

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Cream adds richness and smooth texture to the cocktail. Too much, and you're in a dessert territory; too little, your drink might lack in body. Not a fan of dairy? Try coconut cream for a tropical twist. Just remember, this isn't a 'latte-gone-nuts,' we need balance in creaminess here!

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Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is like the mediator in an intense negotiation — it softens the strong flavors and brings harmony to the mix. Too much, and you could be mistaking your cocktail for pancake syrup. No syrup? You might pucker up more than you'd like. An alternative sweetener could be agave syrup, but beware, like substituting sugar for honey in tea, it changes the flavor landscape.

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Ice, the unsung hero, chills the drink and helps to meld the ingredients as if they're coming together for a nice group hug. Without it, you might as well call it 'Pistachio Puddle.' If you want the chillest vibes, go for larger ice cubes that melt slower.

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Garnishing with Pistachios is not just for looks (though they do make the drink pretty snazzy); they also add a subtle texture and a hint of saltiness that rounds off the drink. Skipping them is like not signing your masterpiece, okay, but not complete.

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Recipe. How to make Pistachio Dream Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the pistachio liqueur, cream, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a few pistachios on top.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Pro Tips

Make sure to shake the cocktail well to ensure that all the ingredients are well combined.

  • Use high-quality pistachio liqueur for the best flavor.
  • Chill your martini glass before serving for the best experience.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

Pairing a rich and creamy cocktail like the Pistachio Dream works wonderfully with sweet desserts such as chocolate truffles, vanilla bean ice cream, or cannoli. The nutty flavor of the pistachios complements caramel and toffee notes, making it a perfect match for caramel cheesecake or toffee pudding.

Fruit Plates

The natural sweetness and acidity of fresh fruit plates, such as apple slices or berries, can cut through the creaminess of this drink, creating a refreshing balance with each sip.

Coffee or Espresso

If you're a fan of after-dinner drinks, matching this cocktail with a bold coffee or a shot of espresso can bring out the nutty and sweet flavors in both the cocktail and the coffee, enhancing the overall experience.

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What you could change in Pistachio Dream

If you can't find pistachio liqueur, you can use amaretto or hazelnut liqueur as a substitute.

  • For a dairy-free version, you can replace the cream with coconut milk or almond milk.

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Chocolate Pistachio Indulgence

  • Add a 0.5 oz of chocolate liqueur to the cocktail.
  • Sprinkle with finely grated dark chocolate on top. This twist brings in the rich, decadent flavor of chocolate, making for a more dessert-like cocktail experience. The chocolate will complement the pistachio and add depth to every sip.

Nutty Irishman's Dream

  • Replace cream with 1 oz of Irish cream.
  • Use a splash of Frangelico to enhance the nuttiness. It's the Irish cousin of the Pistachio Dream with an added kick. The Irish cream will provide a whiskey twist, and the Frangelico adds a hazelnut layer that dances cheekily with the pistachio.

The Vegan's Delight

  • Substitute dairy cream with almond milk or any plant-based creamer.
  • Garnish with a mint leaf for a fresh kick. This twist caters to our plant-loving friends. Almond milk brings a different kind of nuttiness while keeping the drink lighter and mint adds a refreshing undertone.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pistachio Dream

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 Pistachio Dream

What category of cocktail does Pistachio Dream fall under?

Pistachio Dream generally falls under the category of sweet or dessert cocktails due to its rich and indulgent flavor profile.

What kind of glassware is ideal for serving Pistachio Dream?

Pistachio Dream is best served in a chilled martini glass to maintain its temperature and present its vibrant green color and garnishing effectively.

What other nuts can be used instead of pistachios?

While pistachios give this cocktail its unique flavor and color, almonds or walnuts could be used for a different take on the drink.

Can Pistachio Dream be served frozen?

Yes, for a frostier version of the Pistachio Dream, you can blend the ingredients with ice to make a frozen cocktail.

Is it okay to drink Pistachio Dream if I have nut allergies?

No, Pistachio Dream contains pistachio liqueur and garnish which are derived from nuts. If you have nut allergies, it's advisable to avoid consuming it.

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