Unicorn Cocktail Recipe

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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 Unicorn cocktail, a magical and mystical concoction, was first created in the enchanted land of Fantasia. This whimsical drink was a favorite among fairies, elves, and other magical creatures who frequented the world's best bar, The Enchanted Tavern. The Unicorn cocktail quickly gained popularity among humans who were drawn to its vibrant colors and enchanting taste.

  • Origin: Fantasia
  • Creator: The Enchanted Tavern
  • Popularity: Among magical creatures and humans alike

How Unicorn Tastes?

The Unicorn cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, fruity, and slightly tangy flavors. The combination of ingredients creates a refreshing and light taste, with a hint of creaminess and a touch of sparkle.

Interesting facts about Unicorn

  • The Unicorn cocktail is said to grant the drinker a temporary magical aura, which attracts good fortune and positive energy.
  • The vibrant colors of the cocktail are believed to represent the colors of a unicorn's mane.
  • Some legends claim that drinking a Unicorn cocktail can help one communicate with magical creatures.


A few good options for Unicorn are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Vodka brings a clean, crisp spirit base to the cocktail. Its neutral flavor doesn't overpower the other ingredients, letting the sweeter, fruity flavors shine. Too much vodka could make the cocktail too strong and overshadow the other flavors, while too little might make it too sweet and not as balanced.

An alternative could be white rum for a more tropical twist, which would add a slightly sweet, sugary cane flavor.

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Blue Curacao

Blue Curacao is a citrus-flavored liqueur that adds a hint of orange flavor and a vibrant blue color to the drink. It's not just aesthetics; it contributes a slight bitterness that balances the sweetness. Without it, you'd lose both the magical color and part of the flavor profile.

If you can't find Blue Curacao, you could substitute with another orange liqueur and a drop of blue food coloring for a similar taste and color.

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Grenadine offers a sweet, tart pomegranate flavor and contributes to the layered effect of the drink when poured carefully. It can also add a pop of red color. Too much can make the cocktail cloyingly sweet, while too little might not give the desired sweetness and color gradient.

A pomegranate syrup can serve as a substitute, although it might be less sweet.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice brings tropical acidity and sweetness to the cocktail, helping to balance the creaminess of the coconut and the alcohol. The amount used is crucial; too little and you lose the tropical punch, too much and the cocktail becomes fruit juice-heavy.

You can try mango juice as an alternative, which will make the drink sweeter and more exotic.

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Cream of Coconut

Cream of coconut adds a rich, tropical creaminess that is crucial for the 'Unicorn' theme. Without it, the drink would lose its creamy texture and coconut flavor, making it less tropical and enchanting.

Half-and-half can be used as a substitute but will make the drink less sweet and less coconut-flavored.

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Whipped Cream

A dollop of whipped cream on top adds a delightful creaminess and visual appeal, making the drink look as whimsical as it tastes. Omitting it would take away some of the fun and indulgence.

There isn't a direct substitute for whipped cream, but a coconut-based whipped topping could work if you're looking for a dairy-free option.

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Sprinkles and Edible Glitter

Sprinkles and edible glitter are all about the 'wow' factor, adding sparkle and fun to the presentation. Without them, the cocktail would taste the same, but it would look far less enchanting.

No real substitutes here; their purpose is purely decorative.

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Ice is used to chill the ingredients and dilute the drink slightly, making it more palatable. Without ice, the cocktail would be too strong and not as refreshing.

You can use a single large ice cube for a slower melt and less dilution over time.

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Recipe. How to make Unicorn Drink

  1. Combine ingredients: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, blue curacao, grenadine, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and ice.
  2. Shake: Shake well until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and chilled.
  3. Strain: Strain the mixture into a tall, elegant glass filled with fresh ice.
  4. Garnish: Top with a dollop of whipped cream, a pinch of sprinkles, and a pinch of edible glitter.
  5. Serve: Serve immediately and enjoy the magic of the Unicorn cocktail.

Pro Tips

  • Shake well: The key to a perfect Unicorn cocktail is to shake the ingredients well to ensure a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Use fresh ingredients: Always use fresh pineapple juice and cream of coconut for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer and enhance the magical experience.

Perfect Pairings


  • Fruit Skewers: The sweetness and fruitiness of the cocktail would complement fresh fruit skewers, especially those featuring pineapple to echo the pineapple juice in the drink.
  • Coconut Shrimp: Cream of coconut in the Unicorn Cocktail pairs wonderfully with coconut shrimp, providing a harmonious tropical flavor profile.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: For a dessert pairing, the creamy elements of the drink go well with a simple vanilla bean ice cream.

Main Courses

*Bold flavors tend to mask the delicate notes of this cocktail, so it's best enjoyed with lighter fare or on its own.

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What you could change in Unicorn

  • Blue Curacao: Can be replaced with any other blue liqueur or blue food coloring mixed with a neutral spirit.
  • Cream of Coconut: Can be substituted with coconut milk for a lighter version.
  • Edible Glitter: If not available, can be omitted or replaced with colored sugar.

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Unicorn Sunrise

Ingredients: Replace grenadine with raspberry liqueur, and add a splash of orange juice.

Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but add the orange juice before shaking. Float the raspberry liqueur over the top after pouring.

Taste Difference: This twist adds a berry flavor and extra citrus note, creating a more complex and sunrise-like appearance.

Chocolate Unicorn

Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz crème de cacao and chocolate shavings for garnish.

Recipe: Include crème de cacao in the shaker with the other ingredients. Garnish with chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream.

Taste Difference: Chocolate notes create a dessert-like version of the original, perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Sparkling Unicorn

Ingredients: 1 oz Prosecco or other sparkling wine, omit the pineapple juice.

Recipe: Shake all ingredients except Prosecco. Pour into the glass and top with Prosecco.

Taste Difference: The addition of bubbles turns the Unicorn into a celebratory cocktail with a light, effervescent twist.

In case you forgot basics how to make Unicorn

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

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 Unicorn

What is the best time to enjoy a Unicorn cocktail?

The Unicorn cocktail is perfect for festive occasions and themed parties due to its vibrant colors and magical properties. However, it can be enjoyed anytime you wish for a sweet, fruity drink.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Unicorn cocktail?

Yes, you can replace Vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit, and use blue food coloring instead of Blue Curacao to make a non-alcoholic version of the Unicorn cocktail.

What food pairs well with the Unicorn cocktail?

Fruits, chocolate, or light desserts would pair well due to the sweet and fruity notes of the cocktail. However, the pairing depends on individual taste preferences.

Can I use a type of glass other than a tall, elegant one for the Unicorn cocktail?

Yes, though the cocktail’s presentation might not be as appealing. A tall, clear glass is recommended to show off the cocktail’s vibrant colors.

Is the Unicorn cocktail suitable for vegans?

Yes, the Unicorn cocktail is suitable for vegans. However, ensure to use a vegan-friendly version of cream of coconut and whipped cream.

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