Mean and green. Grumpy and greedy. Sour as a pickle. He’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch. So mean, that he very memorably stole Christmas back in 1966. He’s also painfully relatable for those of us who have a grumpy person we’re trying to lure into the spirit of the season. Our Mean and Green cocktail is here to help. Brighten that grinchy someone’s day with this unexpected, delightfully delicious drink.

Unless we’re quite mistaken, we saw Cindy Lou Who (by now pushing sixty) propped up at a local bar, sipping nostalgically on a green drink, muttering about the one who got away. Was her bright green bevvie a Mean and Green? She looked a bit pickled, so we’re pretty sure it was.

Mean and Green, Inspired by The Grinch


1.5 ounces whiskey
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce pickle brine
1 teaspoon honey
Chopped dill for garnish


  1. Rub the rim of a rocks glass with lemon juice and dip into chopped dill.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. 
  4. Strain over fresh ice and serve

Because we all need a movie snack, try these Fennel and Coriander Cashews.

Recipe and Styling by Anna Franklin / Photography by Laura Petrilla

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