What is a Transfusion Cocktail?
According to my husband, this is a famous golfers country club favorite from before tee time to the 19th hole. Transfusion drinks are alcoholic beverages that are light and refreshing, with a pop of grape flavor. As far as golf course cocktails go, this one is definitely the winner!
But you don’t need to swing a club in order to enjoy! Classic transfusion cocktails are a breeze to make any time you want something bubbly and sweet, and deliciously (and deceptively) sippable. Simply layer ice, vodka, grape juice, and lime – stir – and finish with a generous splash of ginger ale.
5 Ingredients for Transfusion Drink
- Vodka – your preferred brand
- Concord Grape Juice – I recommend 100% concord grapes, not a cocktail blend
- Lime Juice – freshly squeezed, plus lime slices to garnish
- Ginger ale – or ginger beer
- Ice – crushed or cubed
How to Make a Transfusion Cocktail
To start, slice a lime in half width-wise. Then slice one half into thin rings and juice the remaining half of the lime.
Next, fill a highball glass with crushed or cubed ice.
Measure and pour in the vodka.
Then add grape juice.
Pour in freshly squeezed lime juice.
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Stir with a swizzle stick…
And lastly, top the glass off with ginger ale and a slice of lime to garnish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it called a Transfusion Drink?
There are a few different theories as to where the name Transfusion comes from. One likely reason is because of the drink’s vibrant blood-red color, or the belief it offers electrolytes along with a boozy punch.
What is the best vodka to make a Transfusion Cocktail?
Choose your preferred smooth vodka. If you really love grapes, feel free to use grape-flavored vodka.
Besides ginger ale, what else can you mix with other Transfusion ingredients?
Give your drink even more bite by using ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Or for a more mild flavor, swap the ginger for simple club soda, Fresca, or Sprite. Anything with a bit of carbonation!
How many servings does this Transfusion recipe make?
The ingredients listed are enough to make one cocktail. Use our “servings slider” to adjust the recipe for more drinks.
Can I use a cocktail shaker?
You do not need to shake this beverage. However, if you love the act of cocktail shaking, go for it! Just remember to add the ginger ale after shaking.
Why is the transfusion a golf drink?
The popularity of transfusions among golf players is said to have started because it is a drink that is served at August National Golf Club, a prestigious club that hosts the Masters Golf Tournament.
Looking for More Classic Cocktail Recipes?
- Salty Dog Cocktail
- Rosemary Old Fashioned
- Sazerac Cocktail Recipe
- Screwball Peanut Butter Whiskey Drink
- Aperol Spritz
Transfusion Drink Recipe
- Fill a highball glass or tumbler halfway with ice. Pour the vodka, grape juice, and lime juice over the ice. Stir well. Then top off the glass with ginger ale.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or fresh grape.