Tie Me to the Bedpost Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:22%

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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 Tie Me to the Bedpost cocktail is a vibrant and potent mix that's been a favorite for those who enjoy a sweet and strong drink. Its origins are a bit hazy, but it's believed to have been a popular concoction in the 1980s, during the height of colorful and creative cocktails.

  • The cocktail's name is playful and suggestive, adding to its allure.
  • It's often ordered by those looking to start their night with something bold and memorable.
  • The combination of spirits is said to 'tie you down' with its strength, hence the name.

How Tie Me to the Bedpost Tastes?

The Tie Me to the Bedpost cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, citrus, and nutty flavors, with a robust kick from the trio of spirits. The grenadine provides a sugary base, while the orange juice adds a refreshing zest. The overall taste is rich and indulgent, with a smooth finish.

Interesting facts about Tie Me to the Bedpost

  • The cocktail's name often sparks conversation and can be a playful icebreaker.
  • It's a versatile drink that can be enjoyed both as a pre-dinner aperitif or a late-night indulgence.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the cocktail packs a punch and is best enjoyed in moderation.


A few good options for Tie Me to the Bedpost are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The vodka is the backbone of many cocktails, providing a smooth, clean spirit that allows the flavors of the other ingredients to shine. Its neutral taste doesn't overpower the mix. Using less could make the drink less strong, while more might overshadow the other flavors.

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Whiskey adds a smoky, complex depth. Without it, you'd lose a layer of flavor complexity. But too much could make the cocktail too strong and overshadow the lighter components.

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Amaretto brings a sweet, nutty flavor, contributing to the drink's signature taste. Omitting it would take away the nutty notes and sweetness, making the cocktail less distinctive.

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Orange Juice

This citrus component adds freshness and helps balance the sweetness and strength of the liquors. Too little, and the drink might be too strong; too much, and it might become too diluted.

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Grenadine gives both color and a touch of tart sweetness, creating visual appeal and a more complex flavor profile. Without grenadine, the cocktail would be less visually stunning and miss a key flavor note.

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Maraschino Cherry

A garnish that also imparts a hint of cherry flavor into the cocktail. It's more about the visual and aromatic appeal, though the drink can survive without it.

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Orange Slice

Another garnish that adds aromatic citrus notes and enhances the presentation of the cocktail. It's not essential for the drink's structure, but it rounds out the experience.

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Recipe. How to make Tie Me to the Bedpost Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka, whiskey, amaretto, and orange juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Slowly pour the grenadine over the back of a spoon so it settles at the bottom of the glass.
  6. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice on the rim.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool longer.
  • Adjust the amount of grenadine to control the sweetness of the drink.
  • When pouring the grenadine, do it slowly over the back of a spoon to achieve a beautiful layering effect.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese platters: The creamy notes of cheese can complement the sweet and nutty flavors of the amaretto and the zesty orange juice.
  • Spicy wings: The sweetness of the drink may help to balance the spiciness of the wings.


  • Orange-flavored desserts: Would enhance the citrus notes in the cocktail.
  • Dark chocolate: Can contrast nicely with the sweetness and depth of the drink.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: A palate cleanser to enjoy between sips of cocktail.
  • Coffee: The bitterness can be a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Tie Me to the Bedpost

  • If whiskey isn't your thing, try substituting it with bourbon for a sweeter, smoother taste.
  • No amaretto? Disaronno or another almond-flavored liqueur can be used as an alternative.
  • For a less sweet version, use pomegranate juice in place of grenadine.

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Smoky Bedpost

  • Substitute the standard whiskey for a smoky Scotch.
  • Add a dash of Angostura bitters. This variation would enhance the smokiness, bringing out a rustic profile that cuts through the sweetness.

Sunset Bedpost

  • Replace orange juice with blood orange juice.
  • Top with a splash of soda water. This would offer a deeper citrus flavor and a refreshing fizz, perfect for a warmer evening.

Spicy Bedpost

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Infuse the vodka with chili peppers beforehand. Expect this version to have a warm kick, ideal for those who love a spicy edge to their cocktails.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tie Me to the Bedpost

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 Tie Me to the Bedpost

What type of glass is best suited for the Tie Me to the Bedpost cocktail?

A highball glass is typically used for this cocktail to accommodate the volume and allow for the garnish.

Can the Tie Me to the Bedpost cocktail be batched for parties?

Yes, you can mix a larger batch without the ice and refrigerate. Add ice and garnish when serving.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

While there is no standard non-alcoholic version, you can experiment with non-alcoholic spirits and syrups to mimic the flavors.

Can I make the Tie Me to the Bedpost cocktail without a shaker?

Yes, you can stir the ingredients in a glass filled with ice, though shaking is preferred for chilling and dilution.

What can I use if I don't have fresh orange juice for the cocktail?

Bottled orange juice can be used, but fresh is recommended for the best flavor.

How can I make this drink less sweet?

Reduce the amount of grenadine or amaretto, or add a splash of soda water to balance the sweetness.

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