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This Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail is perfect for Halloween! Bring this cocktail to life with melon liquor, apple vodka, and sparkling water. The final flourish is a black sugar rim. A delicious alcoholic beverage for any adult Halloween soirée!

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Freaky Frankenstein Vodka Cocktail

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Freaky Frankenstein

How awesome does this cocktail look? The combination of green liqueurs and the black sugar rim really makes the glass look like Frankenstein’s head!

Ingredients used in this cocktail

  • Kinky Apple Liqueura fusion of crisp green apple and pear flavors combined with super-premium vodka that has been distilled five times. I can’t seem to source it in the UK, however, you could use Sourz Apple and Vodka (or even Apple Vodka!) instead.
  • Melon Liqueurthe most famous (that I know of!) is Midori, but use what is available to you
  • Lemon Sparkling Waterif you can’t find this, you could use plain sparkling water or even a lemon-lime soda.
  • Granulated Sugar – for rimming the cocktail glass
  • Black Food Coloring

How to make a Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post, but here is a brief outline so you know what to expect from the recipe. I highly recommend always reading a recipe all the way through before starting. You can also save the Frankenstein Cocktail Recipe video to your YouTube Playlists for future reference. (Don’t forget to subscribe while you are there!)

This Halloween cocktail is stirred, not shaken, and is as easy as combining the liquid ingredients together, then pouring in a sugar-rimmed glass over ice.

Black Sugar Rimmed Glass
Black Sugar Rimmed Glass

To turn regular granulated sugar black, add a drop of black food coloring and stir to distribute the coloring. It works surprisingly well! I colored sugar when I made my Mardi Gras King Cake many moons ago.

Wet the rim of the glass with a little vodka or water, and dip into the sugar. Done!

You can actually buy cocktail rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate, shallow bowl or saucer will work just fine.

It’s best to mix the cocktail in a separate glass and then pour it into the sugar-rimmed glass so that you don’t knock off any of the sugar.

Mixing the cocktail
Mixing the Cocktail
frankenstein cocktail with apple vodka liquor

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This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.

Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail

Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This alcoholic beverage is made with apple, and melon liqueurs and with the black sugar-rimmed glasses to serve it in, it really brings this Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail to life!


  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 drop black food coloring
  • 1 part Kinky Apple liqueur*
  • 1 part Melon liqueur
  • 3 parts lemon sparkling water
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place the sugar in a bowl and stir in a drop of black food coloring until the sugar turns black. Wet the rim of a glass and dip into the sugar to coat. Set aside.
  2. Pour the melon, and apple liquors into another glass and stir with ice. Top up with the sparkling water and stir to combine.
  3. Pour this mixture into the black sugar glass - this allows the drink to be mixed without knocking the black sugar into the glass.
  4. Enjoy!
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*If you can't find Kinky Apple, you can mix half part Sourz Apple and half part vodka (regular or apple-flavored) - or even a shot of each!

To make a big batch of this cocktail, as long as you use the same size measure for 1 part, the ratios will be correct. If you prefer measurements for this drink, to make 1 use:

  • 1 oz Kinky Apple
  • 1 oz Melon Liqueur
  • 3 oz lemon sparkling water

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 39gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 3gSugar: 32gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g

This site uses an outside source (Nutritionix) to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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Freaky Frankenstein Cocktail Variations

I always like to try and give variations on the cocktails I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers and kids can enjoy the drink too!

Virgin Freaky Frankenstein (Mocktail)

There are a couple of ways you could make this cocktail suitable for non-drinkers.

One is by using flavored syrups – apple, and melon and top up with sparkling water as in the original recipe. You may have to experiment with how much syrup to use, according to your personal taste.

The other is to use apple juice and melon juice, and a dash of green food coloring to bring ol’ Frankie to life! Again, top up with sparkling water and pour it into a black sugar-rimmed glass.

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Frozen Frankenstein

Want to turn this Halloween beverage into a frozen slushie? Easy!

Using a whole bottle of lemon sparkling water, make lots of ice cubes in a tray. When the ice cubes are ready put them in a blender with the liqueurs and whizz together to desired consistency. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze!

Frankenstein Party Punch

If you want to make Frankie’s cocktail for a crowd, you can make a large batch of it no problem!

As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug etc) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to. Serve in drinks dispensers, pitchers, or go really retro and serve it from a punch bowl!

Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice and why not add some fruit garnish? How about melon balls? Thin apple slices, lemon slice, or lime slices. Add black sugar to the rim of the serving glasses so that guests have the complete Freaky Frankenstein experience!

To make a batch of Frankenstein Party Punch, mix together:

  • 1 part Kinky Apple Liqueur
  • 1 part Melon Liqueur
  • 3 parts lemon sparkling water

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