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Tropical Isle's Hand Grenade | Source: Shutterstock
Tropical Isle's Hand Grenade | Source: Shutterstock

3 New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe Hacks for Recreating the Powerful Cocktail

Akhona Zungu
Jan 24, 2024
08:31 A.M.
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Dubbed "New Orleans' Most Powerful Drink," Tropical Isle's Hand Grenade packs a powerful punch and burst of fruity flavor. Learn how to make it with these 3 easy copycat recipes.

Tropical Isle is a bar chain dominating Bourbon Street in New Orleans' world-famous French Quarter. The food and drink establishment is widely renowned for being the home of the Hand Grenade, a delicious cocktail enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Often served in a grenade-shaped glass, customers can have the Hand Grenade shaken on the rocks or frozen. Tropical Isle has closely guarded the drink's recipe; however, many have attempted to recreate it in their homes.

If you want to give it a shot, here are 3 New Orleans Hand Grenade recipe hacks to craft the city's most potent drink. Enjoy!

A neon sign of Tropical Isle at night in New Orleans, Louisiana | Source: Shutterstock

A neon sign of Tropical Isle at night in New Orleans, Louisiana | Source: Shutterstock

New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe (Frozen)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • 1 ½ oz white Rum
  • 2 oz melon liquor
  • 1 ½ oz pineapple juice
  • ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine your ingredients in a blender, adding ice last, and pulse on medium until you have the consistency you prefer. If you want a runny, slushy consistency, add less ice; if you want a thicker texture, add more. (Tip: if your blender has a smoothie setting, use it for optimal results.)
  2. Transfer your New Orleans Hand Grenade into a serving glass and enjoy.
A frozen Hand Grenade cocktail | Source: Shutterstock

A frozen Hand Grenade cocktail | Source: Shutterstock

New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe (Shaken)

Ingredients:

  • ⅚ shot of Hayman's London Dry Gin
  • ⅚ shot light white rum
  • ⅚ shot Ketel One Vodka
  • 1 ¼ shot green melon liqueur
  • 1 ¼ shot pineapple juice
  • ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake until well-mixed.
  2. Strain your Hand Grenade into a serving glass filled with crushed ice, and enjoy.

Another New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe (Also Shaken)

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz white rum
  • ¼ oz blue curacao
  • 1 oz midori melon liqueur
  • ¼ oz Sprite
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz sweet and sour mix
  • ice

Instructions:

  1. Combine melon liqueur, gin, vodka, rum, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, and sweet and sour mix in a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Strain the mixture into a serving glass filled with ice, top your New Orleans Hand Grenade with Sprite and blue curacao, and garnish with a lemon slice or cherry.

Now you have 3 fun ways to see how close you can get to the original New Orleans Hand Grenade cocktail. While you're at it, why not try another alcoholic bev, like Texas Roadhouse's Kenny's Cooler?

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