Vampire's Kiss Cocktail

Vampire's Kiss Cocktail
The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios
Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
370 Calories
13g Fat
35g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 370
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 230mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

"Vampire's kiss" is a popular name for Halloween cocktails. These recipes often include a dripping blood effect and this vampire's kiss follows that trend. It's rather delicious, too, and is a hard cocktail to reserve for one occasion, so mix it up year-round!

The recipe pairs the blood orange vodka with melon liqueur which contributes its signature green glow and adding pineapple juice and a bit of cream makes it resemble a ​​piña colada (hold the coconut). The "blood" comes from a drizzle of grenadine while adding to the drink's sweetness. Once you bring all this together, you have a great drink that's spooky enough for your next Halloween bash!


  • 1 1/2 ounces melon liqueur

  • 1 ounce​ blood orange vodka

  • 2 ounces pineapple juice

  • 1/2 ounce cream

  • 1 splash grenadine

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the melon liqueur, citrus vodka, pineapple juice, and cream.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

  5. Drizzle the grenadine on top to create a dripping blood effect.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • The dripping blood effect is only temporary. Within a few minutes, the grenadine will settle to the bottom (like the tequila sunrise). Be sure to make this in front of your guests so they get to experience it before it's gone. Also, don't stir it or the cocktail will become a muddy brown—it will taste ok but doesn't look spectacular.
  • Shaking pineapple juice creates a foam on top of the cocktail and the cream will contribute to that as well. This will settle after a few minutes. Take advantage of it when drizzling the grenadine and you'll have a "bloody snow" look.
  • Feel free to use milk, half and half, or regular cream. Each will produce a slightly different cocktail: milk is the lightest and cream the heaviest.

Recipe Variations

  • Any citrus vodka will work just fine in this cocktail, though there will be subtle differences.
  • Switch out the flavored vodka entirely. Coconut is a natural choice for this recipe, though some of the berry flavors would be excellent as well. You can even go with a clear, unflavored vodka if you like.
  • Rum is another good option and you can find that spirit infused with citrus fruits as well.
  • Pour RumChata rather than Irish cream if you'd like to use a cream liqueur. It has a more neutral base and color and is the better substitute for the recipe's cream.

How Strong Is a Vampire's Kiss?

The vampire's kiss may have a wicked look, but it a surprisingly gentle cocktail. When you use the recommended brands, its alcohol content mixes up to 9 percent ABV (18 proof) or so. To put that into perspective, it's not quite as strong as the average wine.