Sweet Revenge 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


Sweet Revenge is a cocktail that was born in the late 20th century, in the vibrant city of New York. It was created by a bartender who wanted to craft a drink that was both sweet and powerful, hence the name. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and fruity drink with a strong kick. It's a popular choice for celebrations and parties due to its vibrant color and sweet taste.

How Sweet Revenge Tastes?

Sweet Revenge is a cocktail that is sweet, fruity, and strong. It has a vibrant strawberry flavor with a hint of citrus from the lemon, and the strong kick of the whiskey gives it a powerful punch.

Interesting facts about Sweet Revenge

  • Sweet Revenge is named for its sweet taste and strong kick.
  • It was created in New York in the late 20th century.
  • It's a popular choice for celebrations due to its vibrant color and sweet taste.



Whiskey (2 oz) provides the robust, soul-warming base for the Sweet Revenge. It levels the playground for sweetness and acidity to play on. Without it, you'd have a fruit punch on your hands—definitely not as vengeful. If you opt for a rye over a bourbon, expect a spicier kick; it'll turn your cocktail into a sharper, yet thrilling ride.

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Strawberry Liqueur

Strawberry liqueur (1 oz) is the secret weapon for sweetness and berry flavor that melds with the whiskey's complexity. Withdraw this, and the revenge turns rather sour. As an alternative, raspberry liqueur could sweep in, offering a tarter edge and a deeper color.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice (1 oz) is our citric charm, that zesty twist that counters the sweetness. Without the lemon juice, the drink would be cloyingly sweet. A swap with lime juice could work, but the lemon is really the classic choice for whiskey-based mischief.

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Sugar (1 tsp) is just a spoonful to help the medicine go down—sweetly rounding off the beverage. Too much sugar, and your Sweet Revenge could become a Sticky Situation. For a refined taste, a drizzle of honey or a sprinkle of brown sugar could make for an interesting upgrade, delivering hints of caramel and a richer texture.

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Recipe. How to make Sweet Revenge Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the whiskey, strawberry liqueur, lemon juice, and sugar.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with a strawberry slice and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality whiskey for the best taste.
  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully combine the ingredients.
  • Chill your cocktail glass before serving for the best experience.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Plate

Bold, aged cheeses like cheddar or gouda with their robust flavors can complement the whiskey's warmth and the strawberry's sweetness.

Dark Chocolate

A square of high-quality dark chocolate would create a luxurious contrast to the zesty lemon while echoing the depth of the whiskey.


Savory and slightly sweet BBQ dishes, like baby back ribs, provide the perfect backdrop for the Sweet Revenge's whiskey and fruit notes to shine.


Tarts or cakes featuring berries or citrus flavors would resonate beautifully with the cocktail's balance of tart and sweet notes.

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What you could change in Sweet Revenge

If you don't have strawberry liqueur, you can substitute it with raspberry liqueur. If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of sugar.

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Spicy Revenge

  • 2 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Strawberry liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Agave syrup

Swap out the regular whiskey for Fireball, and replace sugar with agave syrup. Shake it up and you get a spicy kick that complements the sweet strawberry and tangy lemon. This would warm your insides with a cinnamon blaze, offering an edgier Sweet Revenge for those who like to play with fire.

Berry Citrus Burst

  • 2 oz Whiskey
  • 1 oz Mixed berry liqueur
  • 1 oz Orange juice
  • 1 tsp Sugar

Replace strawberry liqueur with mixed berry liqueur, and lemon juice with orange juice. This concoction results in a fruitier, more tropical version of Sweet Revenge, bursting at the seams with vibrant berry notes, complemented by the soft, seductive whispers of orange zest in the background.

Dessert Delight

  • 2 oz Vanilla Infused Whiskey
  • 1 oz Strawberry liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Maple syrup

Using vanilla-infused whiskey and maple syrup instead of regular sugar creates a dessert-worthy Sweet Revenge. It would taste like a sinful strawberry shortcake in liquid form, but with a lemony lift that reminds you it's still a cocktail you're dealing with—not just dessert in disguise.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sweet Revenge

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 Sweet Revenge

Can I use a different fruit liqueur if I don't have strawberry or raspberry?

While strawberry and raspberry liqueurs are recommended, you can experiment with other fruit liqueurs depending on your taste preference. Just keep in mind that this might change the flavour profile of the cocktail.

What type of Whiskey works best for the Sweet Revenge cocktail?

A medium-bodied bourbon or rye whiskey should work well. But, a more full-bodied whiskey could also add a more complex flavor to the cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Sweet Revenge cocktail?

Non-alcoholic versions can be made by substituting the whiskey with non-alcoholic alternatives and using a non-alcoholic strawberry syrup instead of strawberry liqueur.

How can I make sure I get the right balance of flavors in the Sweet Revenge cocktail?

The key to achieving the right balance is to measure the ingredients accurately and to taste the cocktail after mixing. You can adjust the flavors as needed.

What is the recommended way of serving the Sweet Revenge cocktail?

Although the recipe suggests serving in a chilled cocktail glass, it can be also served on the rocks in a lowball glass for a slightly different experience.

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