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Keeping things festive and fun with my Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail. Vodka mixed with fresh lime juice, a squeeze of grapefruit juice, spicy jalapeños, and topped off with ginger beer. It’s a touch of sweet and a little bit spicy…perfectly fitting for “the Grinch”. Finish this cocktail off with minted sugar-rimmed glass for the perfect Christmas punch. It’s both festive and warming, ideal for these cold December nights.

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It’s safe to say that when I celebrate a holiday, I do it up right, and this fun drink is no exception. Everyone, say hello to “the Grinch” cocktail. It’s actually a little crazy that I haven’t shared this drink sooner. But it’s finally here and I think all the Who’s down in Whoville would very much approve of this spicy-sweet cocktail.

So cheesy, but hey, it’s Christmas, isn’t everything a little on the cheesy side this time of year?

I’ve wanted to create a drink with the Grinch in mind for three whole years now, but every single December I’ve yet to come up with a mix of ingredients that feels fitting. Finally, just this week, it hit me, the Grinch needs a drink hinted with spice, but sweet throughout. Just like the true Grinch himself. He puts off a bitter cold front, but in the end, his heart is sweet. This drink is just that, the Grinch, but in cocktail form. And it just so happens this drink is insanely delicious…slightly addicting, easy to make…and every bit as fun as you’d think.

Because really, what’s not to love about a cocktail recipe inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? You know? This. Is. Christmas!

rimming cocktail glass in mint sugar

The details.

This cocktail is simple as can be. First, start with the minted sugar. It’s simply just fresh mint and granulated sugar mixed together. But it adds a festive, sweet, and cooling touch to each drink.

Once you rim your glasses in minted sugar, make the drink. In a cocktail shaker or even just a glass jar with a lid (use what you have), shake together a splash…or two, of vodka, a squeeze of fresh lime, a little grapefruit, honey for sweetness, and jalapeños for that spice. Strain into your glass, then top off with ginger beer for even more spice, sweetness, and a touch of fizz too.

mint sugar

I like to add additional mint for serving and pomegranate arils for a pop of color.

Simple and perfect.

If you want to serve this for a holiday party, make the punch version. It serves about four, but can easily be doubled or tripled. I will be for sure be doubling the punch recipe when my family arrives for Christmas later this month. This drink has all of their favorites in one. They will love it.

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My suggestion?

Plan to watch The Grinch, make the Grinch cocktail, and enjoy a Saturday night in by the fire.

The perfect night…especially because The Grinch is one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time. No matter how many times I watch it, I never tire of it or want to turn it off. It’s always good…and now it has its own cocktail too!

Hope you all enjoy!

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If you make this Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 564 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. On a shallow plate, combine the sugar and mint. Rim your glass in sugar, then fill with ice.
    2. Combine the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, honey, and jalapeños in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish as desired. Enjoy!
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Spicy Sweet Grinch Punch

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 319 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, grapefruit juice, honey, and jalapeños in a large pitcher. Stir to combine and chill for 2 hours. The longer the jalapeños sit, the spicier the drink. Strain out the jalapeños and discard. Return the drink to the pitcher and chill until ready to serve.
    2. To make the sugar, combine the sugar and mint in a shallow bowl. Rim each glass with sugar before serving.
    3. When ready to serve, fill the pitcher with ice and top off with ginger beer. Or fill glasses with the spicy mix and top each glass off with ginger beer. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Tasty and unique but simple to make. The jalapeño is nice !! Could totally be a summer drink too!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this for Christmas Eve and wow what a hit! I steeped the jalapenos for 1.5 hours. The sugar mint rim was delicious. Definitely making this again!

  3. I made this for our holiday party and it was a hit!! Now that I don’t have any more cidade, I’m thinking of using tequila! Have you tried this with tequila yet by chance?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi! Thank you so so much for trying out the recipe! I haven’t ever tried this with tequila before but that would be delicious! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xT

  4. Hi Tieghan,
    I’d like to make this cocktail, however I am unable to add grapefruit. Can I use one of the other citrus fruits or can you recommend an alternative for the grapefruit please?