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A Grinch Cocktail is the perfect holiday boozy beverage! Each sip of this easy-to-make alcohol mixture is creamy, sweet, and minty with a cinnamon spice!
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Grinch Cocktail
  2. Why We Love This Grinch Cocktail Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make the Recipe
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Holiday Cocktail Recipes
  11. Grinch Cocktail Recipe

A Grinch Cocktail is simply a combination of 4 liquids shaken with ice, colored green, and festively flavored for Christmas, with a sneaky, spicy surprise throughout that’s disguised to taste innocent! Each sip of this easy-to-make alcohol mixture is creamy, sweet, and minty with a subtle cinnamon spice that produces the perfect boozy beverage that cannot steal the holiday spirit–for adults only!

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Easy Grinch Cocktail

This simple Grinch Cocktail is a delicious drink with a creamy green color, making it a fun and festive cocktail for a Christmas celebration. And while there are many Grinch recipes that use melon liqueur and taste fruity and fizzy, I wanted to make a unique cocktail creation that represented Dr. Seuss’s cold-hearted character and the cool winter weather balanced with the heat from the Fireball.

Each spiked sip is icy cold and super creamy and makes you feel warm and cozy inside–but don’t underestimate the underlying cinnamon aftertaste that produces a hot flash with a chilly mint-flavored finish.

I love the combination of Bailey’s, Crème de Menthe, and Fireball, all rimmed in red or garnished with chocolate. But I must admit the only reason a mature adult should ever drink Fireball is when it’s mixed into a Christmas cocktail (or at a tailgate!)

Similar to its namesake, this Grinch beverage appears to be innocent-looking, harmless and inviting when served in a glass, but beneath its green exterior, it contains a surprise kick that’s mischievously delightful, just like the sly Grinch’s grin!

How do you throw the greatest Grinchmas party? Start sipping this delicious Grinch Cocktail while your kids are snacking on my Grinch Treats, Grinch Cake Mix Cookies, and guzzling my Grinch Punch!

Why We Love This Grinch Cocktail Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in only 2 minutes.
  • Only uses 4 ingredients plus ice and optional garnish.
  • Super simple to combine liquids, shake, and serve.
  • Delicious dessert drink or comforting winter cocktail.
  • Festive mint and cinnamon flavors with a fun Grinch green color.
  • Perfect beverage for an adult Grinch-themed party, Christmas celebration, or St. Patrick’s day celebration.
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Ingredients / Shopping List

  • 2% dairy milk
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • Crème de Menthe liqueur 
  • Ice
  • Heart sprinkles
  • Bar of dark chocolate to shave over cocktail for garnish
  • Red sanding sugar (for rim of glass)

Substitutions and Additions

  • Whiskey: You can substitute the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey with any brand of cinnamon whiskey you prefer. Or, feel free to substitute the cinnamon whiskey for a simple plain whiskey. Jameson is a great brand that goes well with Bailey’s Irish cream.
  • Milk: I use a 2% standard dairy milk for this recipe, however whole milk will work just as well. Keep in mind that it will be a little richer tasting. I have not tried a dairy free milk alternative in this recipe and am not sure how it would alter the taste in this cocktail. However, if you are vegan or prefer a dairy-free version, I would use an unsweetened milk alternative.
  • Festive Flair: Give your cocktail a festive flair by rimming your glass with red sanding sugar or sprinkling the red sanding sugar onto the top of your Grinch Cocktail instead of the shaved chocolate. You can also use a lightweight flat heart sprinkle to place onto the top of the cocktail. Make sure that your heart sprinkle is not too heavy or it will sink to the bottom of your Grinch Cocktail.
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  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail glasses

How to Make the Recipe

It is so quick and easy to make this Grinch Cocktail simply by adding alcohol and ice to a cocktail shaker and shaking it. This Grinch-green mixture is a delicious drink for adults only and is perfect for any Christmas or holiday party.

  1. Add ice, milk, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Fireball cinnamon Whiskey and Creme de Menthe liqueur to a cocktail shaker.
    Add ice, milk, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Fireball cinnamon Whiskey and Creme de Menthe liqueur to a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake well for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Carefully pour your Grinch Cocktail into your glass and garnish with shaved dark chocolate.
    pour your Grinch Cocktail into your glass
  4. Enjoy!
    small glass with grinch cocktail

Tips

  • Our Grinch Cocktail should be enjoyed very cold.
  • If you really want to be festive you can rim your glass with red sanding sugar or sprinkle the red sanding sugar onto the top of your Grinch Cocktail instead of or in addition to the shaved chocolate.
  • You can also use a lightweight flat heart sprinkle to place onto the top of the cocktail. You will just want to make sure that your heart sprinkle is not heavy or it will just sink to the bottom of your Grinch Cocktail.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: This Grinch Cocktail should be served immediately.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to rim my glass with sanding sugar?

To add sanding sugar, first dip the rim of each glass in water. You can rub the rim lightly with corn syrup (instead of water) before dipping it in the red sugar crystals if you prefer. Then, place your glass upside-down into your dish of sugar and twist the glass around a bit to ensure the entire rim is coated.

What does Fireball taste like?

Fireball is very sweet, with a strong finish of cinnamon candy and spicy whiskey. Some say it tastes like liquid Fireball candies. It’s pretty strong, and tastes best when mixed into drinks, like this delicious Grinch Cocktail.

What does Bailey’s Irish Cream taste like?

Baileys Irish Cream tastes sweet and milky, with notes of vanilla and chocolate.

What does Crème De Menthe taste like?

Crème De Menthe has a refreshing, soft mint flavor that pairs especially well with Bailey’s and provides a perfect Grinch green color for this cocktail.

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Other Holiday Cocktail Recipes

5 from 3 votes
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Grinch Cocktail

Serves — 1
A Grinch Cocktail is the perfect holiday boozy beverage! Each sip of this easy-to-make alcohol mixture is creamy, sweet, and minty with a cinnamon spice!
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup 2% dairy milk
  • 1 ½ ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • ½ ounce Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
  • ½ ounce Crème de Menthe liqueur
  • 1 cup ice
  • Heart sprinkles
  • Bar of dark chocolate to shave over cocktail for garnish
  • Red sanding sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In the container of a cocktail shaker add the ice, milk, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Fireball cinnamon Whiskey and Creme de Menthe liqueur.
  • Shake well for 15-20 seconds.
  • Carefully pour your grinch cocktail into your glass and garnish by shaving some of the dark chocolate bar over the top of your cocktail.
  • Serve very cold.

Jenn’s Notes

Tips:
  • This Grinch Cocktail is best when served very cold.
  • You can substitute the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey with any brand of cinnamon whiskey of your choice.
  • You can substitute the cinnamon whiskey for plain whiskey. Jameson is a great brand that goes well with Bailey’s Irish cream.
  • I used a 2% standard dairy milk for this recipe however whole milk will work just as well. It will just be a little richer of a cocktail. 
  • If you really want to be festive you can rim your glass with red sanding sugar or sprinkle the red sanding sugar onto the top of your Grinch Cocktail instead of the shaved chocolate.
  • You can also use a lightweight flat heart sprinkle to place onto the top of the cocktail. You will just want to make sure that your heart sprinkle is not heavy or it will just sink to the bottom of your Grinch Cocktail.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 165mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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