Trashcan Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

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 Trashcan is a modern cocktail, known for its unique presentation and vibrant color. It's a popular choice among younger drinkers, particularly those who enjoy sweet, fruity flavors. The cocktail gets its name from the mix of different spirits, which some liken to throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the glass. Despite its somewhat dubious name, it's a surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable drink.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Popular among younger drinkers
  • Strength: Strong

How Trashcan Tastes?

The Trashcan is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a strong alcoholic kick. It has a vibrant, electric blue color and a refreshing, citrusy taste. The combination of different spirits gives it a complex flavor profile, with notes of gin, vodka, rum, and tequila all coming through.

Interesting facts about Trashcan

  • The Trashcan is sometimes referred to as the 'Blue Lagoon' due to its vibrant color.
  • Despite its name, the Trashcan is a surprisingly sophisticated cocktail, with a complex flavor profile.
  • The Trashcan is often served with a can of Red Bull, which is tipped upside down into the glass.


  • Vodka: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Gin: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Rum: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Tequila: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Blue curacao: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon lime soda: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Red bull: 1 can

A few good options for Trashcan are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

A few good options for Trashcan are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


  • Why: Vodka is a neutral spirit that gives the cocktail a kick without overpowering the flavors. Not enough? You'll miss the punch. Too much? You'll end up walking sideways!

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  • Why: Gin contributes botanical elements, marrying well with the other complex flavors. Leave it out? You'll lose a layer of sophistication.

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  • Why: Rum adds sweetness and richness to the mix. Skip it? The cocktail might lack depth. Swap with whiskey for a smokier twist.

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  • Why: Tequila brings earthiness and a hint of agave. No tequila? The party don't start!

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Blue Curacao

  • Why: For color and a slight tropical orange flavor. It's like the life of the party, without it, it's just not as fun.

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Lemon-Lime Soda

  • Why: It refreshes and balances the potency. Too little and it might be overwhelming, like your ears after a concert.

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Red Bull

  • Why: It provides the distinctive energy kick and binds all the flavors. No wings to your cocktail without it!

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Recipe. How to make Trashcan Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and blue curacao.
  3. Top with the lemon-lime soda.
  4. Open the can of Red Bull and tip it upside down into the glass.
  5. Serve with a straw and enjoy.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to pour the Red Bull slowly to avoid it overflowing.
  • You can garnish the drink with a slice of lemon or lime for an extra citrusy kick.

Perfect Pairings

Bar Snacks

  • Nachos: The bold flavor of the Trashcan cocktail pairs well with the cheesy and spicy components of nachos.
  • Chicken Wings: Opt for classic buffalo wings to complement the cocktail's potent mix of spirits and refreshing fizz.

Street Food

  • Tacos: The citrus notes present in the cocktail will resonate with the bright flavors of a fish or carne asada taco.
  • Bao Buns: The sweetness from the lemon-lime soda and the Blue Curacao can cut through the richness of pork belly bao.

Casual Bites

  • Pizza: A slice of pepperoni pizza could stand up to the strong flavors of the Trashcan cocktail.
  • Burger: Go for a juicy cheeseburger as the fatty and savory notes balance the drink's sweetness and tartness.

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What you could change in Trashcan

  • If you don't have Blue Curacao, you can substitute it with Blueberry Schnapps.
  • You can also substitute the Red Bull with any other energy drink.

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Tropical Trashcan

  • Ingredients: Substitute Lemon-Lime Soda with Coconut Water
  • Recipe: Follow the same steps, but expect a more hydrating and less fizzy experience that'll take you to the tropics without the jet lag.
  • Taste Difference: Less sweet, more mellow and a coconutty backdrop to the five spirits.

Spicy Trashcan

  • Ingredients: Add a dash of hot sauce to the mixture.
  • Recipe: Everything stays the same, just add fire to the concoction before you top it with Red Bull.
  • Taste Difference: A fiery twist that'll make you feel alive, but remember, with great spice comes great responsibility.

Green Energy Trashcan

  • Ingredients: Replace Blue Curacao with Midori Melon Liqueur
  • Recipe: Build the drink as usual but with a melon twist.
  • Taste Difference: A sweet, fruity variation that's not only a different color but also comes with a fresh melon kiss.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Trashcan

What does the name 'Trashcan' mean in the context of this cocktail?

The name 'Trashcan' refers to the mix of different spirits in this cocktail. It's like throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the glass.

What is the best occasion to serve this cocktail?

As a fruity, vibrant drink, the Trashcan is great for social gatherings, parties or when enjoying with friends on a sunny afternoon.

What other garnishes can I use aside from lemon or lime?

While the traditional garnish is lemon or lime, you can experiment with other citrus fruits such as oranges or even tropical fruits like pineapple.

I've never mixed a cocktail before. Is this a good beginner's cocktail?

Despite the mix of spirits, the Trashcan is relatively easy to make and thus good for beginners.

What type of tequila is best to use in this cocktail?

A silver or blanco tequila is recommended for its clean, agave flavor which works well with the other components of this cocktail.

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