The Grinch Martini

I’ve got a fun Christmas cocktail recipe to share with you today!  I first heard about this drink on Jeopardy, of all places, so I can’t take credit, as much as I’d like to!  This is a fun and fruity Midori-based drink, and it’s a nod to one of the quintessential Christmas characters: The Grinch.

The Grinch Martini at

It’s a green drink (with a Midori base) and it’s got the Grinch’s sour side with a bit of lemon juice.  Once you add a bit of simple syrup, and a maraschino cherry to represent his change of heart, you’ve got the whole story in one glass.

Now, every recipe I found out there came out WAY too sweet, so I balanced it a little differently when I mixed it up.  (Martinis are all about balance, after all.)  But if you like a really sweet drink, then you can increase the simple syrup, but I thought this version came out the best.

The Grinch Martini
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  • 1- ½ oz. Midori
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • maraschino cherry "heart" garnish
  1. Shake Midori, lemon juice, and syrup over ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Add a Maraschino cherry "heart" garnish, and enjoy!

 Repeat as necessary until you’re feeling festive! ;) Cheers!

~ Adrianne


  1. Terry says

    LOL – I love your directions,….repeat as necessary. Brilliant. I am so impressed with your drink-making skills. I think you should come and visit me. Soon. :)

  2. Scrappy Sugar Girl says

    Yeah, I'm freaking out that Christmas Eve is 2 days away considering it's 11pm at night. I'm squeezing in my son's b-day celebration tomorrow. I wish I had time to go to the liquor store because I need this.

  3. Heather McDougle says

    I am impressed. I never knew how to make martinis but I am not a huge fan of them. I love margaritas or mud slides. The Grinch Martini is very pretty. I am visiting from Thirsty Thursday.

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