Ponyo Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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 Ponyo cocktail is named after the popular Japanese animated film 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea'. It's a whimsical, fruity cocktail that captures the essence of the film's seaside setting and magical themes. This cocktail is perfect for anime fans, lovers of fruity cocktails, and those who appreciate a good theme.

  • The cocktail was first created in a bar in Tokyo, inspired by the film's release.
  • It quickly gained popularity due to its unique blend of flavors and its connection to the beloved film.

How Ponyo Tastes?

The Ponyo cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour. The tartness of the lemon juice is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the peach schnapps and grenadine. The vodka adds a nice kick, making this a strong yet refreshing cocktail.

Interesting facts about Ponyo

  • The Ponyo cocktail is named after a film by Studio Ghibli, a renowned Japanese animation studio.
  • The cocktail's red color is reminiscent of the titular character Ponyo's hair.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the Ponyo cocktail is quite strong due to the vodka.


A few good options for Ponyo are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The backbone of many cocktails, 1.5 oz of vodka offers a neutral base that allows other flavors to shine. Too much vodka can overpower the drink, while too little means you might as well be drinking fruit juice!

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Peach Schnapps

1 oz of peach schnapps adds a sweet, fruity allurement. Leave it out, and you'll miss the orchard breeze in your glass. Substitute with apricot liqueur for a twist that's still stone-fruit friendly.

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Lemon Juice

Adding 0.5 oz of lemon juice offers a citrus kick that cuts through sweetness, balancing the cocktail; too little, and it becomes cloying, too much, and you're puckering more than kissing. No lemons? Try lime for a tart riding companion.

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1 oz of grenadine imparts a rosy hue and a hint of pomegranate; without it, the cocktail loses its blush and part of its layered sweetness. Go for raspberry syrup if you fancy a bit of berry bounciness.

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The cherry on top, quite literally. It's the garnish that ties everything with a glace kiss. No cherry? A twist of orange peel can do the trick, adding aroma and elegance.

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Recipe. How to make Ponyo Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, and grenadine.
  3. Shake well for about 20 seconds.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to properly mix the ingredients.
  • Use a chilled glass to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Garnish with a cherry for a pop of color and extra flavor.

Perfect Pairings


Grilled shrimp or calamari could bring out the oceanic vibe, much like the seaside setting of Ponyo.

Salty Snacks

Pretzels or salted nuts can contrast nicely with the sweet and fruity flavors of the cocktail.

Light Salads

A garden salad with a citrus dressing would complement the lemon juice in the cocktail.


Sashimi or rolls with a side of pickled ginger might just be the perfect accompaniment for the zesty and sweet notes of a Ponyo cocktail.


Try cherry pie or a peach cobbler to resonate with the fruity notes and deepen the sweet experience.

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What you could change in Ponyo

  • If you don't have peach schnapps, you can substitute it with peach liqueur.
  • If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of grenadine.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Citrus Wave

  • Replace lemon juice with equal parts of lime and orange juice for a twist that rides a different citrus wave, perhaps evoking a more tropical shore to your Ponyo adventure.

Berry Boat

  • Swap grenadine for raspberry syrup and add a splash of cranberry juice. Your Ponyo cocktail now sails on a berry sea, deeper and more mysterious than the original.

Sparkling Seafoam

  • Top off the cocktail with sparkling soda after pouring into the glass. It'll add fizz to your Ponyo, creating a seafoam symphony in every sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ponyo

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Ponyo

What mixer can be used with the Ponyo cocktail?

While the original Ponyo recipe doesn't necessarily require a mixer due to its full-bodied flavor, if you'd like to adjust the drink you could use seltzer or club soda to dilute the sweetness.

Can I prepare my Ponyo cocktail without alcohol?

Yes, an alcohol-free variant can be made by excluding vodka and swapping peach schnapps with peach juice. However, note that the taste may slightly vary.

How do I store my leftover Ponyo cocktail?

If you have leftover Ponyo cocktail, you can store it in the refrigerator. However, for the best flavor and freshness, it's recommended to consume the cocktail immediately after preparation.

What other garnishes can be used for a Ponyo cocktail?

While cherry is a traditional garnish for this cocktail, you can experiment with a variety of options like fresh peach slices, a lemon wheel, or even a cocktail umbrella for a more festive presentation.

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