How to Make a New Orleans Hand Grenade Cocktail

By Amelia Allonsy

Long after the party ends and you head home from The Big Easy, you might find yourself craving a Hand Grenade cocktail. This signature drink pairs melon flavors and spirits for an explosive cocktail served in a grenade-shaped cup. Hand Grenades are only licensed to be sold at select New Orleans bars, including the Tropical Isle, but you can mix a cocktail at home that is inspired by this Bourbon Street favorite.


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Step 1

Pour 1 1/2 ounces each of vodka, gin, rum, grain alcohol and melon liqueur into a cocktail shaker. This makes enough for one cocktail served in a Collins or highball glass. Adjust the amount for different-sized glasses or when making multiple cocktails, always using equal parts of each ingredient. If you want to make several cocktails at once, use a bar pitcher instead of a cocktail shaker.


Step 2

Add a few cubes of ice to the shaker to chill the liquids. Place the cap on the shaker and shake vigorously to mix all ingredients. Sample the cocktail.


Step 3

Sweeten the cocktail with simple syrup, if you like. Make simple sugar by simmering equal parts water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool completely before using it in cocktails.


Step 4

Dilute the drink with water if it tastes too strong. Add fresh juice from a cantaloupe or honeydew to boost the melon flavor. Shake well to mix these optional ingredients.


Step 5

Fill a glass with ice. Pour the finished drink over the ice and serve immediately.