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How to make a Grateful Dead Cocktail – Recipe & Tutorial

Ceramic Mug design of a Skeleton Holding a keg on his head

How to make a Grateful Dead Cocktail – Recipe & Tutorial

If you are looking for a Halloween Themed cocktail or anything similar to that, you’re going to love this following recipe

" Grateful Dead "

What is this cocktail made of ?

Although you might not have heard of this mix it is actually quite popular and almost an identical twin to the Long Island Iced Tea.

Both these cocktails are made with White Rum, Gin, Vodka, White Tequila & Triple Sec, but the Long Island is topped off with coke to make it slightly bearable, however the Grateful Dead goes with Raspberry Liqueur instead, which makes it even stronger than a cocktail that is already strong enough !

We chose to do it without adding the Gin into the mix.

Here is
our version of the cocktail


15 ml ( 0.5 oz ) Tequila
15 ml ( 0.5 oz ) Vodka
15 ml ( 0.5 oz ) White Rum
15 ml ( 0.5 oz ) Triple Sec
15 ml ( 0.5 oz ) Raspberry Liqueur

How to do it

  1. Add ice cubes into the Waterdrop Diamond Mixing Glass using the Stainless steel ice scoop
  2. Pour in the Vodka, Tequila, White Rum, Triple Sec & Raspberry Liqueur using the Nuclear Triple Jigger
  3. Stir very well and extra long !
  4. Place 2 Ice Balls into the Sköleton using the Long Garnish Tweezer
  5. Strain the cocktail into the mug using the Sköl Hawthorne Strainer
Terviseks !
How long should I stir a cocktail ?

First let’s explain when and why we usually stir a cocktail.

When the mix is made purely out of liquors / spirits ( does not contain eggs, cream or juices ) we will almost always stir the ingredients because it blends them together just right without overdoing it such as the case when we shake instead.

As for the duration of a stir, it will depend on your personal preference when it comes to the alcoholic strength of the cocktail.

Like your cocktails super strong ? Stir lightly
Do you like them light and very diluted ?  Stir longer

In this case the ingredients would be quite strong for our taste so we chose to stir extra long and dilute the cocktail enough for it to be bearable for us.

Do you agree with us ? Let us know in the comments !

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