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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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Spicy Sweet Grinch Cocktail

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 272 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2-4 finely chopped fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • juice from 1/2 lime juice
  • juice from 1/2 of a small grapefruit
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • ginger beer for topping
  • pomegranate arils, for serving

Instructions

  • 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!

Spicy Sweet Grinch Punch

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 272 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup lime juice (about 4-6 limes)
  • 1 1/2 cups grapefruit (about 3 grapefruits)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-2 jalapeño, sliced, to your taste
  • 4 (12 ounce) ginger beers, for topping
  • pomegranate arils, for serving

Instructions

  • 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
    This is delicious!!! It’s like a margarita, salty dog, and mule in one! Goes down WAY too easy! Will be making these every weekend in December! It’ll be the best Grinchmas yet!

  2. I’m excited to try this drink. Is there a particular brand of ginger beer you recommend? Thanks…love your recipes! Pam

  3. This looks delicious but I am more of a tequila girl! Would this be good with tequila? Should I add anything different if I use tequila?

  4. 5 stars
    This was so delicious!!!
    My new signature drink. We let it sit for a bit to mix all the flavors.
    I wish recipes would say in CUPS how much liquid from fruit is needed…..
    Limes, for instance. Rather than say liquid from 1 lime…..tell me in cups.
    Cuz depending on your fruit….one can get different amounts.

  5. Hi!

    Hope you at able to answer this! I’m gonna have a wedding on a Norwegian barn I’m planning to fill big jars with punch! I’m looking for a recipe that will last all night in a big glass jar ( so not tasting weird after some hours or go flat) any tips ?:))

    Kathrine

    1. Hey Amy,
      I would say about 1/4 cup. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This drink is incredible! It hits the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. We topped it off with a fair amount of ginger beer and had to use dried mint for the mint-sugar rim, but it worked out perfectly. We’ll be making this again.

    1. Hey Alex,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for the family for pre dinner cocktails and so delicious! We excluded the mint because a few folks aren’t fans and still so tasty!

    1. Hey Jessica,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Whitney,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    My husband and and I LOVE this drink. We modified by substituting Diet Ginger Beer and Truvia for the honey and it is SO good (as are all of your recipes)!

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for my roommate and I and we are obsessed! So delicious, and so many unique flavors. I just discovered your blog like a month ago ( I know, I have been living under a rock lol) and have had so much fun making cocktails and recipes from your site!! Thank you for all your hard work 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  10. I ended up buying vodka to make this and I’m glad I did. Sooooo good. You taste the spicy first and then the honey comes through right behind, and the mint sugar rim tops it perfectly.

  11. Have you tried this with any other alcohol? No vodka drinkers in my family:( do you think gin would overpower the flavours?

    1. Hey Nicole,
      I think gin or tequila would work well here! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    love this! instead of the rim, i muddled the sugar and a LOT of fresh mint in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. i also used pickled jalapeños (thats what i had on hand) and hot habanero honey and both of these added a deeper heat and spiciness. thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Hey Lizzie,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  13. If I don’t have vodka, but have tequila, white rum, and gin, do you think one of those would work instead? Which one best? I love spicy cocktails!

    1. Hey Marie,
      I would do tequila! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

    1. Hey Darcie,
      Yes, that will work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  14. 4 stars
    While I enjoyed the flavors and the drink my honey was all congealed and stuck to the bottom of the cocktail shaker. I had to take a spoon and scrape the bottom to get at it. Any suggestions? I love everything you cook, bake and mix up! So does my family!

    1. Hey Colleen,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try! So sorry about the honey, before shaking your mixer I would stir the honey around first. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  15. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I just made it tonight as a test for a cocktail party I’m hosting on Saturday. I also love the glasses. Can I ask where I can purchase from?

    Cheers, Tamara

    1. HI! You can use an equal amount of lime juice, orange juice, or blood orange juice. Either will be so great!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

    1. HI! Yes, simple syrup will be great. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy New Year! xTieghan

  16. 5 stars
    I am thinking of making this for a progressive New Year’s get together when people stop by our house. What would you suggest serving as an appetizer with this that will compliment the drink and it’s flavors well?

    1. HI! Tequila will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  17. Your cocktails look amazing!! Must get around to actually making one soon ?
    Is that fresh jalapenos in the recipe?
    Merry Christmas!! ??

  18. 5 stars
    Made this last night for friends. It looked very festive, and tasted delicious. Instead of the honey I had added 2 Tbs of ginger syrup. As you said the drink has some fun flavors, sweet, spicy. Cannot wait to make it again.

    1. Hi1 Tequila will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  19. 5 stars
    This cocktail was amazing! Perfection.
    I can’t seem to find where the glasses are linked on the page.. They would be awesome as a gift for my dad.
    – Sophia

  20. I love all your recipes and have made quite a few!! This will be my first cocktail to try! I want to make it for my family for the Holidays, do you have the measurements for a pitcher?

    1. Hey Emily, the pitcher is listed just below the single cocktail. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  21. I love this Grinch Cocktail recipe and I plan on making it soon. Where are the glasses from? They are so pretty.

    1. Hi Kirsten! Glasses linked below. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

      Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan