Vulcan 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 Vulcan cocktail is inspired by the Star Trek universe, specifically the Vulcan species known for their intelligence and logic. This cocktail is a favorite among sci-fi fans and those who appreciate a unique and flavorful drink.

  • Created by a mixologist who was a Star Trek enthusiast
  • Often served at themed parties and conventions
  • Enjoyed by fans of the series and those who appreciate a well-crafted cocktail

How Vulcan Tastes?

The Vulcan cocktail has a complex and intriguing taste, with a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and slightly spicy notes. It's a strong yet smooth drink that leaves a lingering warmth on the palate.

Interesting facts about Vulcan

  • The name 'Vulcan' comes from the fictional species in the Star Trek universe, known for their intelligence and logic
  • The green color of the drink is inspired by the green blood of the Vulcans
  • The cocktail is often garnished with a slice of jalapeño, representing the fiery temperament hidden beneath the calm Vulcan exterior


A few good options for Vulcan are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Vulcan are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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At 2oz, vodka provides a strong, neutral alcohol base without overpowering the unique flavors. It's the 'Sol' to this Vulcan cocktail 'System'. Too much and you'll be calling for Scotty to beam you up, too little and you won't feel the Vulcan nerve pinch.

Mary Mitkina

Green Chartreuse

1oz of this herbal liqueur brings complex, botanical notes. It's like the Spock of the recipe—logical and distinctive. If omitted, you'll lose the cocktail's depth, like a spaceship without its warp core.

Emma Rose

Lime Juice

1oz of lime juice adds a necessary tanginess and acidity that cuts through the sweetness, much like a phaser setting of 'stun' to keep things lively. Skipping the lime juice makes the drink flatter than a galaxy without a wormhole.

Alex Green

Simple Syrup

The 0.5oz of simple syrup balances the cocktail with a touch of sweetness—think of it as the Uhura, charming yet integral. Too much sweetness and you're at warp 9 to a sugar crash, too little and the drink may be too tart.

Mary Mitkina


A slice of this hot pepper adds a kick faster than a Klingon in a bad mood. It's the fire of the cocktail. No jalapeño, no adventure—a Starfleet journey without any encounters.

Emma Rose

Ginger Beer

Topping off with ginger beer adds a bubbly and spicy finish, lifting the cocktail to the stars. It's the Captain Kirk—charismatic and essential. Without it, the cocktail remains grounded.

Alex Green


As needed to chill and dilute, because even a Vulcan cocktail needs to occasionally embrace its human side. Ice-less is like a starship with no life support system—simply not sustainable.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Vulcan Drink

  1. In a shaker, muddle the jalapeño slice
  2. Add vodka, green chartreuse, lime juice, and simple syrup
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Top off with ginger beer and gently stir
  6. Garnish with a jalapeño slice

Pro Tips

  • Muddle the jalapeño slice well to extract its flavor and heat
  • Use fresh lime juice for the best taste
  • Shake well to ensure all ingredients are well combined
  • Ginger beer can be adjusted according to taste preference

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tacos or Nachos: The spicy notes of the jalapeño in the Vulcan cocktail complement the flavors found in these Mexican dishes.
  • Sushi: The ginger beer and lime juice can cut through the richness of rolls with fatty fish, such as salmon or tuna.
  • Grilled Chicken or Fish: The smoky flavors from grilling pair nicely with the freshness and slight heat of the cocktail.

Drink Pairings

  • Ice Water: To help cleanse the palate between sips of this flavorful cocktail.
  • Light Beer: It has a refreshing effect when enjoyed alongside the zesty character of the Vulcan.
  • Sparkling Mineral Water: For a non-alcoholic complement that maintains the effervescence without competing with the cocktail's flavors.

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What you could change in Vulcan

  • Vodka: Can be replaced with gin or tequila
  • Green Chartreuse: Yellow Chartreuse can be used for a milder flavor
  • Jalapeño: Serrano pepper can be used for a spicier kick
  • Ginger Beer: Can be replaced with ginger ale for a less spicy flavor

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Vulcan Mind Meld

  • Replace vodka with tequila.
  • Add 0.5oz of triple sec. You get a cocktail with a mind-melding blend of cultures, combining the logical structure of Vulcan with the free spirit of a good tequila. It's like having a Vulcan fiesta in your mouth.

Vulcan Death Grip

  • Use a chili-infused vodka.
  • Add a dash of cayenne pepper. The Death Grip serves a more potent punch, only recommended for those who find Klingon opera soothing. It is boldly spicy—perfect when you're reading a technical manual on warp-drive maintenance.

Romulan Ale Twist

  • Substitute ginger beer with blue curaçao and soda water.
  • Add a few drops of blue food coloring. With the iconic blue of Romulan ale, this twist adds an intergalactic reputation to the cocktail. Just like in the Federation, it's sure to be a diplomatic success—or at least a conversation starter at parties.

In case you forgot basics how to make Vulcan

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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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 Vulcan

What type of glass is best to serve the Vulcan cocktail in?

The Vulcan cocktail is typically served in a highball or collins glass to showcase its vibrant green color and to accommodate ice and the spiced ginger beer topping.

What is the optimal serving temperature for the Vulcan?

The Vulcan is best served cold. Using cold ingredients, shaking with ice, and serving over fresh ice ensure it's served at the right temperature.

Can Vulcan cocktail be made alcohol-free?

Certainly. You can substitute the vodka with a non-alcoholic variety, and use an alcohol-free herbal infusion in place of Green Chartreuse to keep the herbal flavors. Remember, the jalapeño and ginger beer are key for Vulcan's flavors, so keep them in the mix!

Is the Vulcan sweet or dry?

Despite the inclusion of simple syrup, the Vulcan is not overly sweet. The balance of flavors from vodka, lime juice, jalapeño and ginger beer ensures the sweetness is not overpowering. Depending on your taste you can adjust the simple syrup amount.

What does 'muddle the jalapeño slice' mean, and what's the purpose of it?

Muddling is a technique used in cocktails where you gently crush fruits or herbs to release their flavors. In the case of the Vulcan cocktail, muddling the jalapeño slice releases its spicy flavors into the drink.

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