Tic Tac 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 Tic Tac cocktail is a relatively new addition to the cocktail world. It was created by a bartender who was inspired by the popular mint-flavored Tic Tac candy. The cocktail is a hit among those who enjoy sweet and refreshing drinks, especially during the summer months. It's a great choice for those who are new to cocktails as it's not too strong and has a pleasant, familiar taste.

How Tic Tac Cocktail Tastes?

The Tic Tac cocktail is sweet, refreshing, and slightly minty. It has a light, crisp taste with a hint of citrus from the orange liqueur. The vodka gives it a bit of a kick, but it's not too strong, making it a perfect summer drink.

Interesting facts about Tic Tac Cocktail

  • The Tic Tac cocktail is named after the popular mint-flavored candy.
  • It's a great choice for a summer cocktail as it's light and refreshing.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it's not overly sugary and has a nice balance of flavors.


A few good options for Tic Tac Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


  • Why: The neutral, clean taste of vodka provides a strong alcoholic base without overpowering the other flavors.
  • Proportions: With 1.5oz, it's just enough to give the cocktail a kick without making it too boozy.
  • Without It: You'd have a non-alcoholic mint and orange juice - not quite a cocktail, right?
  • Alternatives: Try substituting with gin for an herbal twist, just be ready for a bolder flavor.

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Orange Liqueur

  • Why: Adds a sweet, complex, orangey depth that goes hand-in-hand with the fresh orange juice.
  • Proportions: A modest 0.5oz complements the vodka and doesn't make the drink overly sweet.
  • Without It: You'd lose layers of flavor, and the cocktail might taste a bit flat.
  • Alternatives: Triple sec or Cointreau are popular choices, but using Grand Marnier will make it richer.

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Orange Juice

  • Why: It's all about the zing! The tanginess and sweetness balance the drink and offer a refreshing twist.
  • Proportions: At 1oz, it's there to flavor, not to drown the other components.
  • Without It: You'd miss the citrus kick that makes it a 'Tic Tac.'
  • Alternatives: Try tangerine or blood orange juice for a different citrus note.

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Mint Leaves

  • Why: They bring a fresh, cool, herby essence that's pivotal to the cocktail's character.
  • Proportions: 5-6 leaves are enough to infuse the flavor without making your cocktail a salad.
  • Without It: It would be like a sunny day without the breeze—something's definitely missing.
  • Alternatives: Basil can work in a pinch for an interesting, peppery change-up.

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  • Why: To sweeten the deal and balance the citrus acidity.
  • Proportions: Just a teaspoon because we're making a cocktail, not candy.
  • Without It: The drink might be too tart for some tastes.
  • Alternatives: Simple syrup for even mixing, or honey for a richer sweetness.

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Ice Cubes

  • Why: Ice is the cool cat that chills the drink and mellows out the mix.
  • Proportions: As needed to cool the drink, but not so much that it waters down the flavors.
  • Without It: You'd have a room-temperature concoction—hardly refreshing.
  • Alternatives: Frozen orange juice cubes to add more flavor as they melt.

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Recipe. How to make Tic Tac Cocktail Drink

  1. Muddle the mint leaves and sugar in a shaker.
  2. Add the vodka, orange liqueur, and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of orange.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to muddle the mint leaves gently to release their flavor without tearing them.
  • Use fresh orange juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers: The citrus notes will complement the light, crispy taste of the shrimp.
  • Cheese Platter with Fruity Compotes or Jams: The mix of sweetness and acidity in the cocktail balances well with a variety of cheeses.
  • Spicy Nuts: The cooling effect of mint and the vibrant citrus combine well with the heat of spicy seasoned nuts.

Main Courses

  • Seafood Pasta: The fresh, zesty flavor profile can cut through the richness of seafood pastas.
  • Lemon Herb Chicken: The cocktail's citrus flavors can create a harmonious taste with the herbs and lemon.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A light, refreshing finish that resonates with the citrusy punch of the cocktail.
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta: The subtle sweetness of vanilla can be accentuated by the cocktail's vibrant flavors.

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What you could change in Tic Tac Cocktail

  • You can substitute the orange liqueur with any other citrus-flavored liqueur.
  • If you don't have fresh mint, you can use a few drops of mint extract instead.

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Cucumber Cooler

  • Ingredients: Replace mint with cucumber, add a dash of elderflower liqueur.
  • Recipe: Muddle sugar with sliced cucumber, then follow the original recipe, adding elderflower liqueur with the other spirits.
  • Taste Change: This twist brings a spa-like freshness, dialing back the mint for a serene, slightly floral sip.

Spicy Sunshine

  • Ingredients: Keep the original ingredients, and add a slice of jalapeño.
  • Recipe: Muddle the mint, sugar, and jalapeño together, then shake with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Taste Change: The jalapeño gives it a spicy kick, offering a bold contrast to the sweet citrus flavor.

Berry Blast

  • Ingredients: Add a handful of muddled raspberries and a splash of cranberry juice.
  • Recipe: Start by muddling raspberries with the mint and sugar, then continue with the original recipe, adding cranberry juice.
  • Taste Change: The berries provide a tart, fruity explosion that pairs beautifully with the mint and orange.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tic Tac 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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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

The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

Learn everything on how to muddle

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).

Learn everything on garnishing

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tic Tac Cocktail

Can I use flavored vodka in this cocktail?

Yes, flavored vodka can be used to add a unique twist to the Tic Tac cocktail. Just make sure the flavor complements the other ingredients.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Tic Tac cocktail?

You can adjust the sweetness of the Tic Tac cocktail by altering the amount of sugar or orange liqueur used. Remember, less sugar or liqueur will make it less sweet, and more will make it sweeter.

Can the Tic Tac cocktail be made into a mocktail?

Yes, you can make a mocktail version of the Tic Tac by omitting the vodka and orange liqueur and replacing them with non-alcoholic alternatives or additional orange juice.

What can I use as a substitute for a shaker?

If you don't have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid or two pint glasses placed rim-to-rim.

Can this cocktail be served at room temperature?

While preference varies person to person, this cocktail is usually served cold to highlight its refreshing qualities.

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