How to Make a Swamp Water Cocktail

by Chance E. Gartneer

Some cocktails have a bark much worse than their bite. The swamp water cocktail thankfully gets its name from its murky green appearance and not from suspect ingredients pulled from the bayou. This cocktail actually has a couple of variations -- one specifically for the sweet tooth and another for the more adventurous. The sweeter version is rum-based, while the more exotic one contains Chartreuse, a high-proof herbal French liqueur. Both recipes are simple enough -- you only have to decide how sugary you want your swamp water to be.

Strangely Sweet

Add a scoop of ice to a cocktail shaker, then add 4 parts dark rum and 1 part blue Curacao.

Add 3 part orange juice and 1 part lemon juice. If you want a sweeter, greener cocktail, substitute the orange juice with pineapple juice.

Firmly secure the lid to the cocktail shaker, shake for about 10 to 15 seconds, then strain into a martini glass. For a cocktail on the rocks, pour the entire contents into a highball glass.

Sweetly Strange

Add a scoop of ice to a cocktail shaker, then pour 2 parts green Chartreuse and 4 parts pineapple juice.

Add a couple splashes of lime juice, firmly secure the cocktail shaker's lid, then shake for about 10 to 15 seconds.

Strain the cocktail shaker's contents into a martini glass, and garnish with a lime slice. Pour the entire contents into a highball glass for a swamp water on the rocks.

Items you will need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Strainer
  • Highball or martini glass
  • Dark rum
  • Blue Curacao
  • Orange juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Green Chartreuse
  • Lime juice
  • Lime slice


  • Blend either version for about 15 to 20 seconds for a frozen version of the drink.
  • To make a swamp water shot, mix 3 parts green Chartreuse, 3 parts orange liqueur and 2 parts pineapple juice.


  • Both versions are pretty potent -- drink responsibly.

About the Author

Chance E. Gartneer began writing professionally in 2008 working in conjunction with FEMA. He has the unofficial record for the most undergraduate hours at the University of Texas at Austin. When not working on his children's book masterpiece, he writes educational pieces focusing on early mathematics and ESL topics.

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