Voodoo Doll 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 Doll cocktail is a mysterious and enchanting concoction that originated in the heart of New Orleans. Known for its vibrant nightlife and rich cultural history, this city is the perfect birthplace for such a captivating drink. The Voodoo Doll is said to have been created by a renowned bartender who was inspired by the city's mystique and the practice of Voodoo.

  • The name 'Voodoo Doll' is a nod to the city's connection with Voodoo practices
  • This cocktail is popular among those who enjoy a touch of magic and mystery in their drinks
  • The Voodoo Doll has become a signature cocktail in many bars around the world, especially during Halloween and Mardi Gras celebrations

How Voodoo Doll Tastes?

The Voodoo Doll is a complex and intriguing cocktail, with a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors. The combination of rum, pineapple juice, and lime juice creates a refreshing and tropical base, while the addition of ginger and cinnamon adds warmth and depth. The drink is finished with a dash of bitters, which adds a subtle bitterness and ties all the flavors together.

Interesting facts about Voodoo Doll

  • The Voodoo Doll is often served in a unique glass shaped like a skull or a tiki mug, adding to its mysterious and enchanting appearance
  • The cocktail is sometimes garnished with a small 'voodoo doll' made from a lime or other fruit, complete with cloves for eyes and a cinnamon stick for a body
  • Some variations of the Voodoo Doll include the addition of absinthe, which adds an extra layer of complexity and anise flavor


A few good options for Voodoo Doll are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Dark Rum

Dark Rum is the voodoo priest of this cocktail, summoning deep and molasses-like flavors. Its robust profile is essential to stand up to the strong characters of the syrups and juices. Use less, and you miss out on the spirit's magic. Use more, and you'll overpower the voodoo spell.

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Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice brings the party, lending a tropical vibe that's just bliss in a glass. Too much could turn the cocktail into a Hawaiian punch-out session, but too little and you risk losing the vacation flair.

Emma Rose

Lime Juice

Lime Juice is like the zesty spark that enlivens the dark corners of the drink's soul. It cuts the sweetness and adds a necessary tang. Skimp on it, and you might find your Voodoo Doll a bit too mellow.

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Ginger Syrup

Ginger Syrup is the kick that sneaks up on you; it's the love tap from the spirits. Without it, you'd certainly lose the nuanced heat that tickles the throat. It’s a fine balance though—too much, and your cocktail might just kick back.

Alex Green

Cinnamon Syrup

Cinnamon Syrup is the warm embrace in this concoction. It whispers sweet nothings of spice that makes the dark rum really groove. Bypassing it would be a sin, and overdoing it might just summon a cinnamon challenge.

Emma Rose

Angostura Bitters

Angostura Bitters are the mysterious potion in the mix, adding a layer of complexity and herbaceous notes. Without these bitters, the cocktail could fall flat, becoming more of a boozy fruit juice than the concoction it is meant to be.

Mary Mitkina

Garnish: Lime Wheel and Cinnamon Stick

A Lime Wheel and a Cinnamon Stick aren't just for show—they're the full-circle moment for this potion. The aroma completes the sensory experience. Leaving them out? Well, that just prickles the voodoo doll.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Voodoo Doll Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the dark rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, ginger syrup, and cinnamon syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled and combined
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Add a couple of dashes of Angostura bitters
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and a cinnamon stick

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lime juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Coconut Shrimp: The slight sweetness and richness of coconut complements the tropical vibe of the Voodoo Doll cocktail.
  • Jerk Chicken Skewers: The spicy and bold flavors of jerk seasoning will contrast nicely with the sweet and spicy profile of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Mahi-Mahi: A lightly seasoned mahi-mahi would pick up the lime and pineapple notes in the Voodoo Doll.
  • Roasted Pork: The richness of the pork pairs well with the dark rum and the sweetness of the syrups.


  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake: Pineapple in both the cake and the cocktail creates a harmonious pairing.
  • Cinnamon Churros: The cinnamon from the churros will resonate with the cinnamon syrup in the drink.

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What you could change in Voodoo Doll

  • Dark Rum: Can be replaced with light rum for a less intense flavor
  • Ginger Syrup: Can be substituted with simple syrup and a pinch of ground ginger
  • Cinnamon Syrup: Can be replaced with simple syrup and a dash of cinnamon

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The Bayou Witch

Replace dark rum with a spicy rye whiskey and add a splash of green Chartreuse. The subtle herbal flavors from the Chartreuse and the kick from rye bring a new mystical dimension to the drink, making it feel like a potion brewed in the deep southern swamps.

The Tropical Puppetmaster

Add a scoop of coconut sorbet to the cocktail shaker. Shake until the sorbet is partially dissolved. This twist results in a creamier texture and an amplified tropical profile, perfect for those times when the spirits call for a dessert-like indulgence.

The Cursed Pirate

Introduce a half ounce of overproof rum to the concoction and float it on top, igniting it briefly before serving. The resulting smoky flavor peeks through the sweet and spicy layers, echoing the rogueish charm of pirates from the tales of yore.

In case you forgot basics how to make Voodoo Doll

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 Doll

What is a good pairing for the Voodoo Doll cocktail?

Spicy Caribbean or Cajun food will complement the flavorful spices in the Voodoo Doll cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Voodoo Doll cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with ginger ale or a tropical juice to make a mocktail version. Replace the bitters with a dash of grapefruit juice.

How can I create the crushed ice needed for the Voodoo Doll cocktail?

You can create crushed ice by placing ice cubes in a clean cloth and hitting it with a mallet or rolling pin until crushed.

Where can I find a glass shaped like a skull or a tiki mug?

Specialty cocktail glassware can be found at kitchenware stores, online, or even at thrift shops.

Are there any famous cocktails that have a similar taste profile to the Voodoo Doll cocktail?

The Painkiller or Jungle Bird cocktails share similar tropical flavors and ingredients.

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