Satan's Whiskers 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


Satan's Whiskers cocktail is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1930s. It is believed to have originated in the United States, and its name is derived from its devilishly strong and bold flavors. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a well-balanced, citrusy, and slightly bitter drink.

  • The cocktail gained popularity during the Prohibition era
  • It is often associated with Halloween and other dark-themed events
  • Satan's Whiskers has two variations: straight (using Grand Marnier) and curled (using orange curaçao)

How Satan's Whiskers Tastes?

Satan's Whiskers cocktail has a complex, well-balanced taste that is both citrusy and slightly bitter. It is neither too sweet nor too sour, with a smooth and velvety texture. The strength of the alcohol is well-masked by the other flavors, making it a dangerously easy drink to enjoy.

Interesting facts about Satan's Whiskers

  • The name Satan's Whiskers is believed to be a reference to the cocktail's strong and bold flavors
  • There are two variations of the cocktail: straight (using Grand Marnier) and curled (using orange curaçao)
  • The cocktail is often garnished with an orange twist, which is sometimes referred to as the 'whiskers' of the devil


A few good options for Satan's Whiskers are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the foundation, offering a botanical backdrop that intertwines with the citrus notes. Use too little, you'll miss its pizzazz; too much, and it overshadows its zesty pals. Skipping it? You'll just have a sad, alcohol-less juice.

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Dry Vermouth

The dry vermouth brings a herbal complexity that creates a sophisticated dance with the gin. No vermouth, you say? Then you might as well call it a day, because you'll lose that herbaceous charm.

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Sweet Vermouth

It's like the yin to dry vermouth's yang, adding a bit of sweetness to balance out the bitterness, like a sweet whisper in a debate. Forget to pour? Well, you've tipped the scales and lost the balance.

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Orange Juice

It's not just for breakfast! Here, OJ adds vibrant freshness and tanginess. Leave it out, and the sun won't shine in Satan's Whiskers. Tartness will be missed.

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Grand Marnier

This is the magic wand in the mix, adding a French kiss of luxury with its orange-liqueur opulence. Exclude this, and you’ll deprive your drink of its rich, velvety cloak.

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Orange Bitters

The unsung hero, two dashes of bitters give depth and intrigue, like a wink from a stranger. Without them, that intrigue turns into a bland stare.

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Orange Twist

Lastly, the garnish. It's like the top hat on a magician; without it, the showmanship is lost. Plus, the oils spritz a final citrus pop to the nose.

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Recipe. How to make Satan's Whiskers Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, Grand Marnier, and orange bitters
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with an orange twist

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all the ingredients are well mixed
  • Use a chilled glass to serve the cocktail to enhance the taste
  • Garnish with an orange twist to add a citrusy aroma

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The richness of various meats will complement the herbal and citrus notes of the cocktail.
  • Cheese Platter: Opt for cheeses like Brie or Gouda to create a wonderful combination with the cocktail's orangey sweetness.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus elements of the cocktail cut through the richness of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Chicken Alfredo: The creamy sauce pairs well with the refreshing and slightly sweet nature of Satan's Whiskers.


  • Citrus Sorbet: A light and tangy dessert will cleanse the palate and enhance the orange flavors in the cocktail.
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta: The subtle vanilla flavors will not overpower the cocktail's complex profile.

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What you could change in Satan's Whiskers

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a less botanical flavor
  • Grand Marnier: Can be substituted with orange curaçao for a less sweet and more citrusy flavor
  • Orange Bitters: If not available, can be replaced with Angostura bitters

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And of course - twists🍹

Smokey Satan

  • Switch gin for mezcal
  • Recipe remains the same This variant envelops your senses with a smoky veil that devils might wear to a black-tie gala. It's not just Satan’s Whiskers anymore; it’s Satan's Smoky Beard.

Satan’s Orchard

  • Substitute apple juice for orange juice
  • Use apple brandy in place of Grand Marnier It's like original sin in a glass, a temptation from the forbidden orchard. You'll feel like you’re sipping on the essence of a crisp, Autumn day.

Frozen Whiskers

  • Blend the ingredients with ice instead of shaking
  • Serve in a frosty glass The chill factor is dialed up to an arctic kiss. Picture Ol’ Scratch himself serving up frosty treats at a sunny inferno beach party.

In case you forgot basics how to make Satan's Whiskers

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 Satan's Whiskers

What is the origin of the name Satan's Whiskers?

The name Satan's Whiskers is speculated to come from the cocktail's strong flavors which are said to be bold and devilish much like Satan's whiskers would be.

What are some common cocktails similar to Satan's Whiskers?

Satan's Whiskers is an orange-infused cocktail similar to the classic Martini. Some other similar cocktails would be the Bronx, which also features orange juice and gin, and the Bijou, which incorporates gin and vermouth.

Any suggestions for which brand of gin to use for Satan's Whiskers?

Satan's Whiskers pairs well with various gins, so the choice would depend on personal preference. For a more traditional flavor, try brands like Tanqueray or Beefeater. If you prefer more citrusy notes, you may want to try something like Bombay Sapphire.

What dishes could be paired with the Satan's Whiskers cocktail?

Given its citrusy and slightly bitter taste, the Satan's Whiskers cocktail pairs well with savory dishes like smoked salmon or roasted chicken. It could also be a nice accompaniment to spicy Asian cuisines given its refreshing profile.

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