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Grateful Dead Drink Recipe

The Grateful Dead Drink was first made popular in the mid-2000s when I began frequenting vintage cocktail lounges to and from work in San Diego. The drink’s popularity comes from its easy-drinking simplicity and iconic elements that recognize the band’s influence on a variety of music genres and subcultures, among them hippies (obviously). It’s incredibly easy to make at home or in the comfort of your own kitchen, which is why it’s become one of my go-to drinks besides Blue Motorcycle Drink when I’m having friends over or just want something simple before heading out for the night.

What is a Grateful Dead Drink?

Grateful Dead drinks are a type of cocktail that combines different ingredients and flavors to create a unique drink. The original drink was created by Jerry Garcia, the guitarist for the band, who called it “Cherry Coke.” Some recipes call for cherry vodka, but other variations use various other types of alcohol. They are often sweetened with simple syrup or grenadine, which adds a deep red color and sweetness to the drink.

The Grateful Dead is a drink that can be enjoyed by anyone who likes sweet cocktails. It’s a great choice for those who want something simple and fruity or for those who are looking for something different from the typical vodka soda.

What’s in the Grateful Dead?

  • 1 shot of vodka
  • 1 shot of rum
  • 1 shot of gin
  • 1/2 shot of tequila
  • 1/2 shot of blue curacao
  • Margarita mix (enough for about 6 drinks)

How to make a grateful dead drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice, then add all ingredients.
  2. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into a glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.


The Grateful Dead cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails around. It has a very distinctive taste, which is why so many people love it. But if you want to make it even better, there are some things you can do to enhance its flavor.

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1. Add more sugar syrup

If you don’t have any sugar syrup on hand, then you should add some because this will help to balance out the bitter taste of alcohol and make it taste sweeter overall. It also helps to add sweetness to your drink without adding any calories!

2. Use fresh mint leaves instead of mint extract

The mint extract in this drink can be overpowering in some cases, so it’s best if not used at all or else just use fresh mint leaves instead! This way, it won’t be too strong and overpowering but still has enough flavor as well!

3. Garnish with an orange wedge instead of lemon peel garnish

A lemon peel garnish might seem like an interesting idea at first glance, but it actually doesn’t add much flavor at all compared to using an orange wedge instead since it’s much more subtle! It also provides color contrast between orange juice and white rum so that they stand out against each other better visually too!

Health Benefits

Here are some health benefits of the Grateful Dead cocktail:

  1. Promotes better sleep: The mix of gin, vermouth and absinthe will help you fall asleep faster because it relaxes your muscles. This means that you will no longer have trouble falling asleep when drinking the Grateful Dead cocktail.
  2. Reduces anxiety: The combination of alcohol and herbs in this drink can help you feel less stressed about life’s problems so that you can focus on enjoying yourself instead of worrying about what could go wrong in the future.
  3. Prevents hangovers: Because there are no sugars in this beverage, it won’t cause as many headaches or stomach aches like other alcoholic beverages may cause when consumed over time due to dehydration from too much liquor being consumed during one sitting period (i.e., binge drinking).

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 125
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Protein: 0g


Grateful dead drink alcohol percentage?

The Grateful Dead drink alcohol percentage is around 49%.


I hope that you have enjoyed our drink recipe and that you try it out with your friends, family, and co-workers. This drink is sure to make your next party one to remember.

grateful dead drink

Grateful Dead Drink

Grateful Dead drinks are a type of cocktail that combines different ingredients and flavors to create a unique drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 125 kcal


  • Shaker


  • 1 shot Vodka
  • 1 shot Rum
  • 1 shot Gin
  • 1/2 shot Tequila
  • 1/2 shot Blue Curacao
  • Margarita mix


  • Fill a shaker with ice, then add all ingredients.
  • Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a glass over fresh ice, and garnish with a lime wedge.


Keyword grateful dead alcohol, grateful dead cocktail, grateful dead mixed drink

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