Voodoo 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 Voodoo cocktail is a mysterious and enchanting drink that originated in the Caribbean, where it was believed to have been used in rituals by practitioners of the Voodoo religion. This exotic cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a little bit of mystique and adventure in their drinks.

  • The Voodoo cocktail is said to have been created by a bartender named Dr. Facilier, who was inspired by the magical and mysterious world of Voodoo.
  • It is believed that the drink was first served at a secret underground bar in New Orleans, where it quickly gained popularity among the city's elite.
  • The Voodoo cocktail is now enjoyed by people all over the world, who are drawn to its unique flavor and captivating history.

How Voodoo Tastes?

The Voodoo cocktail is a complex and intriguing blend of flavors, featuring a sweet and fruity taste with a hint of spice and a subtle, smoky undertone. The drink is both refreshing and invigorating, with a slightly tangy finish.

Interesting facts about Voodoo

  • The Voodoo cocktail is often associated with the practice of Voodoo, a religion that originated in West Africa and is now practiced in various forms throughout the Caribbean and the southern United States.
  • The drink is sometimes served with a small Voodoo doll as a garnish, adding an extra touch of mystique to the presentation.
  • Some people believe that the Voodoo cocktail has magical properties, and that drinking it can bring good luck or ward off evil spirits.



2oz of rum provide a strong, boozy base, essential for any good cocktail. Not enough rum, and the drink would lose its kick; too much, and the other flavors would be drowned out. If you substitute with *whiskey, you'll get a smokier taste, less tropical but still delicious.*

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Passion Fruit Syrup

1oz of passion fruit syrup adds exotic sweetness and sets the tropical tone. Less syrup would make the drink less sweet and more tart, while more would overpower the delicate balance. No passion fruit? Try *mango syrup for a similar vibe.*

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Lime Juice

0.5oz of lime juice provides tartness to balance the sweetness. Using less could result in a too-sweet cocktail, more could make it pucker-worthy. Without it, the drink falls flat. *Lemon juice can be a decent substitute, giving a different kind of citrus zing.*

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0.5oz of grenadine gives a hint of vanilla-like sweetness and a lovely red hue. Going light on grenadine will lessen the color and sweetness; too much can be cloying. If you run out, *pomegranate syrup will do the trick.*

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Angostura Bitters

2 dashes of Angostura bitters add complexity and depth with their herbal, slightly bitter flavor. They're like the plot twist of a novel - unexpected but rewarding. Skip them and you'll miss out on that extra layer. No bitters? Try a dash of herbal liqueur.

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Pineapple Juice

2oz of pineapple juice bring a tropical fruitiness and some acidity. It's vital for the cocktail's character. Less juice means less pineapple presence, while more could overshadow other flavors. As an alternative, *papaya juice could be interesting.*

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Orange Wheel

The orange wheel adds visual flair and a fresh citrus aroma. It entices you before the first sip. Without it, the presentation feels incomplete. You might swap in a *lime wheel for a more tart garnish.*

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Grenadine-soaked Cherry

This cherry is the 'cherry on top,' providing a boozy, sweet bite that's soaked in both grenadine and anticipation. Without it, you'll miss the final touch of indulgence. For a twist, pick a *brandy-soaked cherry for a richer flavor.*

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Recipe. How to make Voodoo Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the rum, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, grenadine, Angostura bitters, and pineapple juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until all ingredients are combined and chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange wheel and a grenadine-soaked cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Shake well: The key to a great Voodoo cocktail is to shake the ingredients well to ensure they are fully combined.
  • Fresh ingredients: Always use fresh lime juice and pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail cooler for longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness from the cocktail pairs well with spicy dishes, balancing out the heat.
  • Coconut Chicken Tenders: Coconut and tropical flavors are a match made in heaven with a Voodoo cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Jerk Chicken: The rum and tropical flavors complement the spiciness of jerk seasoning.
  • Grilled Mahi Mahi: A light, flaky fish like Mahi Mahi won't overpower the vibrant flavors of the cocktail.


  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake: The pineapple in both the cake and the cocktail create a seamless flavor connection.
  • Mango Sorbet: The light and fruity flavor of the sorbet mirrors the tropical essence of the Voodoo cocktail.


  • Coconut Water: For non-alcoholic pairing, coconut water continues the tropical theme without overwhelming the palate.

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What you could change in Voodoo

  • Rum: If you don't have rum, you can use vodka or tequila.
  • Passion fruit syrup: If you can't find passion fruit syrup, you can use a mix of simple syrup and fresh passion fruit juice.
  • Grenadine: You can replace grenadine with a homemade version made from pomegranate juice and sugar.

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Smoky Voodoo

Substitute the rum with mezcal for a smoky twist. The smokiness of the mezcal will add a whole new layer of depth to the cocktail.

Voodoo Sour

Add egg white to the shaker before mixing. The frothy, creamy texture of the cocktail will complement the tropical flavors and add a smooth mouthfeel.

Spicy Voodoo

Introduce a small slice of jalapeño into the shaker with the other ingredients. The heat from the pepper will give a spicy kick that contrasts the sweetness, creating a punchy yet balanced concoction.

In case you forgot basics how to make Voodoo

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 Voodoo

What are the effects of the alcohol content in the Voodoo cocktail?

A Voodoo cocktail has a 15% alcohol content, which is about average for a cocktail. The effects of consuming this drink will vary depending on one's tolerance and consumption rate. As with any alcoholic beverage, moderation is key.

What is the best time to enjoy a Voodoo cocktail?

Due to its sweet and fruity flavors, a Voodoo cocktail is best enjoyed during the summer months or at social gatherings. However, it can also be enjoyed at any time of the year.

What kind of garnishes can I use for the Voodoo cocktail?

While the Voodoo cocktail typically includes an orange wheel and a grenadine-soaked cherry, other fruits such as pineapple, cherry, and even a small Voodoo doll can be used for added flair.

What food pairs well with a Voodoo cocktail?

The Voodoo cocktail's fruity flavors pair well with spicy foods like jerk chicken or Caribbean-style curries. The sweet and sour nature of the cocktail also complements desserts or dishes with a hint of acidity.

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