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New Orleans Hand Grenade Drink recipe

Highball glass

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Their signature and trademarked cocktail, the Hand Grenade, is known as the strongest drink in New Orleans. While they keep the exact Hand Grenade recipe under lock and key, there are other recipes out there that can recreate the classic cocktail.


The laid-back drink is fluorescent green in color, a highly potent punch said to have been invented by Earl Bernhardt and Pam Fortner, business partners who transformed their drink stand at the 1984 World's Fair into a Bourbon Street empire of French Quarter bars like the chain of Tropical Isle bars. Since January 1992, the Hand Grenade has been served in a green, translucent, plastic yard glass container with a bulbous, textured base shaped like an oversized hand grenade.

Drink origin

The Hand Grenade cocktail was created in New Orleans.



Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
Add all ingredients to the shaker and shake very well.
Fill a collins, highball or cocktail glass of choice with ice.
Strain the drink mixture into the glass and serve. Cheers!

If you are going to order New Orleans Hand Grenade in a bar, don’t forget to mention all the ingredients to the bartender. New Orleans Hand Grenade can be served with different ingredients in different places.

New Orleans Hand Grenade Ingredients

New Orleans Hand Grenade Recipe

  1. mix ingredients together
  2. pour into glass

Recommend: serve in Highball glass

The highball (or hi-ball) and collins glasses have a lot in common. They can both be used for tall beverages and hold the same amount of liquid, which can range from 8 to 16 ounces.

Cheers ! Enjoy your drink !