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Drink Recipes - The Kermit Special Cocktail

Updated on August 4, 2012
Kermit Special Cocktail Source Nell Rose copyright
Kermit Special Cocktail Source Nell Rose copyright
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The Kermit Special Cocktail is a really refreshing drink to have on a hot day. There are two or more versions you can make all depending on whether you prefer it with alcohol or without. The Kermit Special Cocktail actually has an interesting history, and is in fact connected to me and a few friends. Back in the 70s a group of us frequented the local pubs and one night we wanted something different.

So telling the barman to mix us up a fruity alcoholic drink, something green as it was a theme night, he made us the drink and we asked him what it was called. He said it didn't have a name, so we could choose one. We all agreed that it should be called the Kermit Special. Since then it has passed from pub to pub and now its quite well known. I am sure other people came up with the name too, but we always claim it as our own.

The great thing about the Kermit Special Cocktail is that you don't have to stick to one recipe. It is entirely up to you whether you use lime, or even blue Curacao liquer. The blue is an added food colorant. In fact it is colorless in its natural form, or an orange rust colored appearance when it is aged or in Cognac form. Adding lime will turn it a dark green.

Prep Time 5 Mins

Yields 2 Tall Glasses

Ingredients

  • 4 fluid ounces Vodka
  • 12 fluid ounces Lime Juice
  • 2 fluid ounces Curacao, slightly bittter taste of oranges
Mix it in a bowl or glass first to get the right color source nell rose copyright
Mix it in a bowl or glass first to get the right color source nell rose copyright

Instructions

  1. You can either buy your limes fresh, or by the can. Fresh is better as you can add the fruit to the drink. Pour the vodka into a large bowl, then slowly add the Curacao. You want the blue color to show up as much as possible, but not too dark.
  2. Add the lime juice. If you are using fresh lime, squeeze the lime into a cup and mix with water. You don't want the drink to be too strong. If you are using canned lime then you don't need to add water.
  3. Now slowly add the lime juice to the vodka and Curacao. Make sure you add enough lime to make the drink turn green. Add more of the lime or curacao to get it just right.
Just right! source nell rose copyright
Just right! source nell rose copyright

Now for the perfect Kermit Special.

  1. Get out the cocktail shaker.
  2. Add all the ingredients into the shaker
  3. Add ice.
  4. Now shake it for a few seconds, really giving it a mix.
  5. Pour over ice into two glasses and add the lime wedges to the sides.

This drink recipe is very versatile. By adding pineapple juice instead of lime it will give it a sharp zingy taste. If you don't like vodka, you can substitute it with white rum.

In fact any combination will do as long as it turns out green. This is also standard in the pubs. The actual use of the word Kermit is more to do with the color than the actual ingredients.

Crushed ice drink
Crushed ice drink

Non Alcoholic Kermit Special

  1. Lime Juice
  2. Pineapple Juice
  3. Kiwi Fruit Juice
  4. Water to taste.

Mix all the fruit juices together in a large bowl, pour in crushed ice and mix. If you want to make it sweeter add cut up strawberries and slivers of apple. The kiwi fruit will take away the sharp tang of the lime and pineapple, and the strawberries and apple will sweeten to taste. Add water to dilute.

Frozen Drink Recipe

Just mix all the above together in a large bowl, add loads of crushed ice and place in freezer for as long as possible. Make sure you cover it otherwise it will become too frozen. Approx an hour should do it. But use your discretion.

Take it out of the freezer and let the kids loose with the paper cups! A great summer drink for those hot days.

Tip.

If you find that the mixture isn't green enough, just add a drop of food colorant to the mixture before freezing. And of course you don't have to make it green, why not mix up the fruits in a variety of bowls and have a color party? Red fruits, purple fruits, orange and lemon! Your choice!

Nutritional Facts

Fruit
Vitamins
Minerals
Kiwi
C, A, E
Magnesium Copper Potassium
Lime
A, B1, B2,
Calcium, Sodium, Iron
Pineapple
A,B,C,E,K
Selenium, Manganese, Potassium

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Linda, lol! yep I kissed a lot of princes when I drank this frog drink, trouble was when I sobered up the princes turned into the frogs! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Chitrangada, yes you can add ingredients to make it non alcoholic, it's a lovely drink, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I was going to use the Miss Piggy line, but Effer beat me to it two years ago! Haha! I'll go with Ribbit-Ribbit, this drink sounds like much fun could be had while drinking it and possibly a girl might get lucky and kiss her prince! :))

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi ps, I used to love it back in the day, it was a lovely refreshing drink, as long as it didn't have to much alcohol! lol! have a wonderful day!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Audrey, thanks so much, not sure who shared this? I had totally forgotten about it! lol!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      From the very look, it looks refreshing!

      For me, it would be non alcoholic. Would love to try this.

      Thanks for sharing the instructions and the pictures. Voted up!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      O my...I could not drink a Kermit ....I love that little frog. Now if I visual him drinking one, then okay I can.

      I would make mine with the alchy as I just can no longer drink...I have a glass of wine with sprite and I can't stop smiling for an hour

      Thanks for this lovely drink recipe.

      Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps

      pinned voted up++++

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Mix me up one Nell! Make it non-alcoholic please. Green is my favorite color. What a great recipe. So happy you've shared this and I'll do the same.

      Hugs to you,

      Audrey

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, glad you liked it, now for the miss piggy! or so I've been told! lol!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the recipes, Nell - especially the non-alcoholic one. It sounds very refreshing. The green color of the drinks is attractive, too!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi thoughtforce, it sounds like you are having the same bad weather that we are getting over here in England, I do hope we get some summer, thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Lilleyth, lol! what a great idea! it would have to have a good kick to it! ooh sorry for the pun! haha!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This drink look so fresh and the recipe sounds tasty too! Vodka and lime can't get wrong:) It will be a perfect summer drink, even though I am still wanting for summer and warmer weather. But I am optimistic and believe that the warm summer days will come soon! Voted up, useful

      Tina

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Now we need a "Miss Piggy" cocktail to compliment it! Lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi pras nice to see you, and thanks so much, nell

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice hub, my friend. My favorite is "Non Alcoholic Kermit Special". Thanks for writing. Voted up and shared :-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Alastar, coming over, do you want ice? lol! thank

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Some good fun with the drinks Nell! Make mine a double KSC!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Denise, I would love to hear it, maybe a hub? thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

      Hi beth, thanks as always, they are delicious! lol!

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      Nell, this sounds good, both versions!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nell-that was a fun story you added to this drink hub. I have a similar one and may have to try to share it between scheduled activities. Drink does sound refreshing. :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Hilary, that sounds interesting, I will pop over and take a look, thanks!

      Hi Seeker, oh I know! lol! this weather is driving me insane! something to do with the gulf stream or something, it should be up the top of the north but its wavering around down south! lol! I am a weather watcher! thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Hilary, that sounds interesting, I will pop over and take a look, thanks!

      Hi Seeker, oh I know! lol! this weather is driving me insane! something to do with the gulf stream or something, it should be up the top of the north but its wavering around down south! lol! I am a weather watcher! thanks so much nell

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Wow! I'll need to try this one - I love the 'Kermit' green colour as well. You can have the best of both worlds with this one - non alcohol maybe during the day and then add the vodka at night! Sounds perfect. Now all we have to wait for is the British weather to turn from rain into sunshine so we can enjoy or Kermit Specials in the garden!! Voted up + awesome!!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I like almost anything green. Green + vodka is even better! I'm actually writing about my own favorite :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      For some reason it looks like there is a blip in the works! I signed in and answered comments, but its come up as anonymous! seems that kermit has a fight on his hands with gremlins! lol!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks Dr Funom, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Used to christopher, used to! lol! oh for those days! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi Jackie, yes its great with lime or kiwi, I love the on alcoholic kermit special because you can add whatever you like thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi mhatter, lol! That's the one, good old kermit! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi kelley, yep that's it! it was taken from kermit the frog, he was really popular back then so we called it a kermit special, the reason being was that someone had placed a kermit the frog on the table of the pub! lol! thanks and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Heheee, this is such a fun drink!!! Sounds delicious, too. And I love the table at the end! Yay for vitamins! I love drinks that offer value beyond deliciousness and drunkenness.

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Oh, Nell Rose, how I adore that first photo in this hub and how I would love to sit there are share a Kermit Special with you.

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      dipless 5 years ago from Manchester

      Mmmm that looks absolutely delicious, I love anything a bit fruity... Yes i'm talking about the drinks.... I look forward to tasting this. Thanks kermit. Thanks for sharing this.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I was thinking that this would be a great cocktail for Earth Day, not only for the color but for its ingredients. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      You must have really great parties Nell.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am definitely going to try the non alcoholic one. I am always looking for good ways to use lime and this looks like it! It really looks good. Thanks!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      ha ha now i get it! Thank you for the recipe

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi Nell! When I read this I thought Kermit the Frog, I loved him, and still do. This sounds very tasty and also looks beautiful. Kelley

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jenn Anne, it is sooo delicious! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi tills, I tend to go non alcohol these days as well, I can't drink like I used to! lol! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi jacob, thanks so much, just put kermit in front of the name of the drink and you can add whatever you want, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi effer, thanks! lol! oh those brain cells! I remember them well, or at least I did! I think with the kermit special cocktail you can add whatever you like, we just went for the vodka one, and I remember it so well, thanks as always, nell

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      Jenn-Anne 5 years ago

      Sounds delicious! And I love the name!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      The best part is it's versatile and the color can change to match your outfit! How original. I'm doing the non-alcohol thing these days, keeps my energy up.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      jacob-issac 5 years ago from Chicago Heights, Il

      That sounds good for both adults and kids to have the same name drink for both adults and children are awesome........That rocks

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell Rose.....OH boy...sounds yummy...with or without the spirits! It is so much fun to make up drink recipes.....ESPECIALLY, in younger days when I did my typical pub-hopping with friends. Ouch...I still remember the dastardly headaches. WHY did we do this to ourselves? So many brain cells Rest in Peace.

      Some of the drinks we concocted were downright dangerous! This Kermit Cocktail seems harmless enough. No wonder Miss Piggy adores him!! Thanks for the nutritional value too!! UP ++