Move over, Negroni Sbagliato. Another viral cocktail is coming home for the holidays. TikTok creators are racking up the likes with their takes on the Grinch cocktail, a bright-green concoction that evokes the classic children’s tale by Dr. Seuss.
For proof, consider TikToker @nikkiakkers, whose green sugar-rimmed creation has pulled in more than 340K likes to date. Or TikTok’s @ruthhiann, whose Grinch-inspired, candy cane-garnished cocktail currently stands at upwards of 560K likes. Across the platform, other versions of the drink are picking up steam, too.
Most seem to incorporate Midori, the emerald-hued, melon-flavored liqueur, which has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years following an update to its recipe by parent company Beam Suntory in 2012. It’s certainly the right shade for a cocktail inspired by the infamous Grinch.
Naturally, with the recipe exploding online, we thought: Why not create one of our own? Our interpretation calls on Midori, naturally, for both color and its melon-forward flavor. There’s also vodka for added kick, plus pineapple juice for sweetness and acidity. Dry sparkling wine ratchets up the drama without adding sugar, while a bright red cherry—the dive-bar sort, thank you very much—adds a pop of contrasting color.
How to Make the Grinch Cocktail
Recipe by Jacy Topps
- 1 ½ ounces of Midori
- ½ ounce vodka
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1 ounce dry sparkling wine
- 1 cherry for garnish
Combine all ingredients except sparkling wine and garnish in a cocktail shaker.
Shake for a few seconds just to combine ingredients.
Pour in a rocks glass filled with ice. Top with sparkling wine.
Garnish with cherry.