Sweet Tarts Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:12%

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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 Sweet Tarts Cocktail is a modern creation, inspired by the popular candy of the same name. It's a playful, fun cocktail that's perfect for those with a sweet tooth. It's especially popular at parties and gatherings, where its vibrant colors and sweet, candy-like taste make it a hit.

  • Who would like it: Anyone who enjoys sweet, fruity cocktails or has a fondness for the Sweet Tarts candy will love this cocktail. It's also a great choice for those looking for a fun, colorful drink to serve at parties.

How Sweet Tarts Cocktail Tastes?

The Sweet Tarts Cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and sour, just like the candy it's named after. It has a fruity, candy-like taste with a hint of tartness that keeps it from being overly sweet. The vodka gives it a bit of a kick, but it's still a relatively light cocktail.

Interesting facts about Sweet Tarts Cocktail

  • The Sweet Tarts Cocktail is named after the popular candy, Sweet Tarts.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it contains vodka, making it a true cocktail.
  • Its vibrant colors make it a popular choice for parties and gatherings.


A few good options for Sweet Tarts Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The spirit base of our cocktail, vodka provides a clean canvas for the other flavors to shine. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to let you know it's there without turning the drink into a rocket ship. If you skimp on the vodka, you might as well be sipping on a slightly spiked juice box.

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Sweet and Sour Mix

This is your flavor booster - tangy and vibrant. It gives our cocktail its distinctive tart edge. A little less and you’d lose the pucker; a little more and you’d need to pucker up like you’re about to kiss a lemon.

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Triple Sec

A dash of zesty orange from this liqueur brightens the entire drink. It's like that squeeze of orange that makes your breakfast pop. Half an ounce is just enough. Any more, and it might turn into an orange-themed party. Any less, and it’d be like you forgot to put up decorations.

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Cranberry Juice

Cranberry adds a touch of tart-sweetness and a rosy glow. Think of it as the blusher that brings life to your cocktail’s cheeks. Skimp on this, and your drink will lack depth. Pour too much, and it’ll be like drinking straight from the cranberry bog.

Mary Mitkina


This is the secret to that 'Sweet' in Sweet Tarts. It adds a vivid color and a hint of velvety sweetness. Half an ounce will do; too much and it’s a candy shop, too little and who took the 'Sweet' out of Sweet Tarts?

Alex Green

Lemon-Lime Soda

This gives your drink some fizz and lightness. Like a little sparkle in your step. Top up the glass and watch it dance. If left out, your cocktail would feel like it missed the New Year’s countdown - all dressed up with nowhere to sparkle.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

They're the unsung heroes that chill down the party. No ice means a warm, sad cocktail that nobody wants to befriend.

Mary Mitkina


That cherry on top is just the right amount of sweet, the sign-off to a great drink. Omit it and your cocktail will still be tasty but just a bit less... cherry-ful.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Sweet Tarts Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

  2. Add the vodka, sweet and sour mix, triple sec, cranberry juice, and grenadine.

  3. Shake well until chilled.

  4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

  5. Top up with lemon-lime soda.

  6. Garnish with a cherry.

Pro Tips

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

  • Use fresh ice when serving to keep the cocktail cold without diluting it too much.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fried Calamari: The crispiness contrasts the sweetness of the cocktail, while its savory notes complement the drink's citrusy flavors.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, especially ones with a bit of tang like goat cheese or sharp cheddar, play well with the citrus and berry notes of the cocktail.


  • Lemon Cheesecake: The zesty lemon flavor pairs beautifully with the tartness of the cocktail, enhancing each other.
  • Fruit Tarts: The fruity sweetness of the tarts will harmonize with the sweet and sour notes in the cocktail.

Other Drinks

  • Unflavored Sparkling Water: It's always good to have a palate cleanser with a cocktail, and sparkling water is perfect for this purpose.

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What you could change in Sweet Tarts Cocktail

You can substitute the sweet and sour mix with a homemade version made from lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup.

  • If you don't have triple sec, you can use any other orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.

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Berry Blast Sweet Tarts

  • Substitute raspberry vodka for plain vodka.
  • Add a splash of blueberry syrup.
  • Top up with ginger ale instead of lemon-lime soda. Recipe: Just like the original, but use the berry liquors instead and ginger ale to top. Taste: Welcome to a berry wonderland, where tart meets sweet in a bubbly embrace. Experience: It's like a bite into a summer fruit salad that dances in your mouth.

Tropical Sweet Tarts

  • Use coconut vodka instead of plain vodka.
  • Add a dash of pineapple juice.
  • Top up with club soda and a splash of grenadine. Recipe: Mix in the tropical elements and then top up as described. Taste: Imagine your taste buds doing the hula dance while lounging under a palm tree. Experience: It's a mini holiday in a glass that brings that beach vacation vibe right to you.

Sour Apple Sweet Tarts

  • Use apple vodka or apple liqueur.
  • Squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
  • Top up with a crisp apple cider. Recipe: Combine the apple flavors with a tang of lime, then add the cider for a fizzy finish. Taste: Think of the most delightful apple tart you ever did bite; that's what this twist tastes like. Experience: It's autumn in a glass, and each sip is a crunch through a golden apple orchard.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sweet Tarts Cocktail

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 Sweet Tarts Cocktail

What type of vodka is best for the Sweet Tarts Cocktail?

A high-quality clear vodka works well in this cocktail to keep the vibrant colors and not overwhelm the other flavors.

What's the best time to serve Sweet Tarts Cocktail?

This cocktail is perfect for gatherings at any time of the day. However, given its playful and sweet nature, it is often more enjoyed at evening or night time parties.

What food pairs well with Sweet Tarts Cocktail?

The Sweet Tarts Cocktail pairs well with light appetizers, desserts, or any food with a slightly spicy flavor– the sweet cocktail balances the spice nicely.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Sweet Tarts Cocktail?

Yes, you can make a 'mocktail' version of this by leaving out the vodka and triple sec, and replacing them with additional fruit juices or non-alcoholic substitutes.

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