Grateful Dead Drink Recipe (Not Just for Deadheads)

Published May 5, 2022
Barwoman Preparing Grateful Dead Drink

Nostalgia makes for a delicious drink. So it's a no-brainer that the Grateful Dead drink, like the band and its following, is a crowd favorite. While this drink name may not ring many bells, it's a colorful cousin of the Long Island Iced Tea. Now, pull up a chair and enjoy this cocktail, whether you're a Deadhead lifer or you're new to this rock and roll life.

Grateful Dead Drink

Grateful Dead Drink

If you're not careful, this boozy concoction will knock you off the grass and onto your … chair. If you really want to dress your drink up with a show-stopping garnish, then rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip it into a colorful sugar, either pink, blue, or purple.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, tequila, vodka, orange liqueur, raspberry liqueur, and lime juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with club soda.
  5. Garnish with lime slice, if desired.

Gratefully Blue Drink

Gratefully Blue Drink

Skip the purple hue of the classic drink and channel the blues with this recipe.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ¼ ounce gin
  • 1 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lemon-lime soda to top off
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, vodka, gin, blue curaçao, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with lemon-lime soda.
  5. Garnish with lime wedge.

Screaming Violet Grateful Dead Drink

Screaming Violet Grateful Dead Drink

Craft a softer version of the original Grateful Dead that won't leave you staggering home after a concert.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce white rum
  • ½ ounce blue curaçao
  • ½ ounce violet liqueur
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Ice
  • Raspberry soda to top off
  • Orange slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, white rum, blue curaçao, violet liqueur, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Top off with raspberry club soda.
  5. Garnish with orange slice if desired.

Grateful Dead No. 3

Grateful Dead No. 3

Keep everything you love about the classic recipe; add a few extra flavors but set it apart with those visually stunning layers.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce white rum
  • ¾ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • Crushed ice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Lime wheels for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, white rum, raspberry liqueur, and grenadine.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over crushed ice.
  4. Top off with lime juice and lemon-lime soda.
  5. Garnish with lime wheels.

The Revival Tour of the Grateful Dead Drink

Skip the usual boozy drink--the Long Island Iced Tea has had more than enough time in the spotlight. Instead, turn to the rockin' Grateful Dead drink for your next cocktail. Now, where are those vinyls?

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