How to Make a Woo Woo Cocktail

Woo Woo cocktail

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
126 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 1g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*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.)

The woo woo is a fun cocktail on many levels. First of all, every time you make or order it, you get to say "woo woo" and possibly sound like a train whistle. Second, its fruity mix is a tasty indulgence that's hard to resist. And finally, it's an easy recipe to mix up and can be served any way you like it.

The drink itself is actually very simple (another reason to get on the woo woo train): vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry. Think of it as a mix between the popular cosmopolitan and hairy navel cocktails. The simplicity is the beauty of the woo woo because you can easily transform or enhance the three-ingredient drink to fit your mood or the occasion.

It's common for the woo woo to be served "up" as a fancy cocktail or on the rocks. You can also make it into a fruity punch or a fun shot for parties. No matter how you take it, the woo woo is a popular drink that everyone (including bartenders) should know.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces ​cranberry juice
  • Garnish: lime wedge

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Woo Woo cocktail recipe ingredients
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  2. Place the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

    Woo Woo cocktail, glasses, and shaker
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  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or a highball glass filled with fresh ice.

    Woo Woo cocktail in glass
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  5. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve and enjoy.

    Woo Woo cocktail with lime wedge
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Recipe Variations

Once you learn to love the woo woo for the wacky, fun cocktail that it is, you will soon find that it's the perfect base for experimentation. Add a little this or that, and you have a fun, new drink to enjoy.

  • Add a touch of sparkle: There are times when the woo woo can be too sweet, and a little sparkle will quickly liven it up and make it more refreshing. Top it with seltzer, club soda, or ginger ale, or fancy it up a bit with sparkling wine. This is a fabulous idea when making it as a punch because it dilutes the drink so your guests won't get drunk off two glasses.
  • Start with flavored vodka: Whether you make your own or buy it at the liquor store, the woo woo is a perfect candidate for almost any flavored vodka you want to throw into it. Try strawberry or vanilla or get a little wild with cucumber or watermelon.
  • Build on the fruits: Do you have some leftover fruit in the fridge that needs to be used up? Toss it into the woo woo. From strawberries to watermelon, you really cannot go wrong with adding more fruit to this drink. For whole or cut fruit, muddle it in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. You can also add fruit liqueurs, syrups, or juices.


  • Woo Woo Party Punch: Increase the ingredients proportionally to fill a pitcher or punch bowl. For instance, use full 750-milliliter bottles of vodka and peach schnapps with about 50 ounces of cranberry juice. This will produce about 25 (4-ounce) drinks that can be served with or without ice.
  • Woo Woo Party Shot: When transforming this drink into a shooter, the cranberry juice is typically cut in half so there's a little bit more alcohol. That makes the recipe even simpler because you will then pour equal parts (about 1/2 ounce each) of the three ingredients. Shake it to ensure a good mix.

How Strong Is the Woo Woo Cocktail?

The woo woo is a relatively mild cocktail, not much stronger than the average glass of wine. That's what makes it so appealing—but it also makes it easy to have one too many, and that can lead to some embarrassing party moments and hangovers.

When made with Peachtree (48 proof) and an 80-proof vodka, this woo woo recipe has an alcohol content of about 14 percent ABV (28 proof). If we cut the cranberry to make a 2-ounce shooter, that doubles to a whopping 32 percent ABV (64 proof).