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Transfusion Drink

A Transfusion cocktail is a drink typically made by combining various ingredients, such as vodka, grape juice, lime juice, ginger ale/ginger beer, and ice.

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Transfusion drink recipe

Welcome to our easy guide on making the perfect transfusion drink. This refreshing classic drink recipe is quickly becoming a favorite among golf enthusiasts and golf clubs, and for a good reason. It is a hydrating, delicious niche cocktail packed with nutrients that will give you the energy you need to tackle the golf course.Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a weekend warrior, this drink recipe is sure to be a hole-in-one. Therefore, grab your ingredients, and let’s start making golf’s greatest drink!

Red drink with garnish

What Is a Transfusion Cocktail?

A Transfusion cocktail is a type of drink typically made by combining various ingredients, such as vodka, grape juice, lime juice, ginger ale/ginger beer, and ice. The ingredients are mixed to create a refreshing and deliciously fruity drink full of nutrients. Moreover, the exact components and preparation method can also vary depending on the recipe.

Still, it is a refreshing classic transfusion commonly consumed as an alternative to sugary and processed drinks. It is usually garnished with concord grapes and crystallized ginger to give it a nice touch.


  • Concord grapes ( 5-6 grapes per drink)
  • Crystallized or candied ginger (about 1 tsp. per drink)
  • 1 lime wedge


Here are some tools that you’ll need to make a Transfusion drink recipe:

  • Shaker or a glass (preferably a highball glass) and spoon
  • Jigger or measuring cups
  • Strainer (if you’re using a shaker)
  • Glass for serving
  • Ice or an ice bucket to keep it cold
  • Knife or kitchen shears to cut the garnish (if needed)
  • Toothpicks (if you’re using grapes as garnish)

However, don’t worry if you don’t have this equipment. You can use whatever you have on hand and adjust accordingly.


Carbohydrates: 13g | Calories: 245kcal | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 5mg | Vitamin A: 11IU | Iron: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg

Transfusion drink in mason glass

Variations of the Transfusion Drink Recipe

Here are a few different transfusion cocktails recipes that you can try and surprise everyone on the golf course:

#1 Light and Refreshing Variation

If you want a low-calorie version of the recipe, use diet ginger ale and diet grape juice. This version is perfect for those who are looking for a healthier option.

#2 Less Sweet Version of the Drink

If you prefer less sweet cocktails, swap out ginger ale and grape juice with sparkling water for a more refreshing and less sugary drink. For a sweeter alternative, take a look at this recipe for a Hpnotiq Drink!

#3 Fun Garnishes

Add some fun garnishes to your Transfusion cocktail for a unique twist. Try freezing grapes and adding them to your drink for a cool and refreshing touch, or include a sprig of mint, crystallized ginger, or curly lime peel for a pop of flavor and color. The Poinsettia Cocktail Recipe also features fun garnishes for an elevated holiday drink!

#4 Non-alcoholic

Remove the vodka and replace it with extra ginger ale and fresh lime juice; also, you can use cranberry juice or grape juice and other components to make a non-alcoholic or mocktail version of the drink. This way, you can enjoy it without the alcohol and share it with all ages.

#5 Transfusion Spritz

Add some sparkling wine or sparkling water and a splash of Aperol, Campari, or any other bitters you like to make it more bubbly and refreshing.

#6 Transfusion Fizz

Add some club soda or soda water and a splash of grenadine or raspberry syrup to make it more fizzy and sweet.

These are some variations of cocktail recipes that you can try and play around with different ingredients and garnishes to make it more to your liking, and you can also make it to suit any occasion or event.


The Transfusion cocktail is a delicious and refreshing drink you can easily make at home. Also, it is an excellent popular golf drink for a refreshing and hydrating beverage on the golf course.

This guide is an easy way to make golf’s greatest drink, and it’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a casual get-together or a golf game.

Moreover, the recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to suit your taste preference, whether you prefer your drinks to be less sweet or non-alcoholic, or you can make it a low-calorie option.

Grapes next to purple drink


This FAQ section covers some of the people’s most common questions about the Transfusion cocktail recipe.

Why Is a Transfusion a Golf Drink?

A Transfusion cocktail is considered a golf drink primarily because of its hydrating properties. Playing golf can be physically demanding, and staying hydrated is essential, especially on hot days.

What Else Can You Combine with Other Transfusion Drink Ingredients Besides Ginger Ale?

Add some extra zing to your drink using ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Also, for a more subtle taste, try using sparkling water instead. Experiment with different options to find your perfect flavor.

Why Use Concord Grape Juice?

Concord grape juice is used in the Transfusion Cocktail because of its unique flavor and health benefits. Additionally, it provides the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity to the Transfusion recipe. Also, concord grapes are not commonly sold fresh in stores due to their “slip skin,” which makes them delicate to handle.

Yield: 1 serving

Transfusion Drink

Transfusion Drink

A Transfusion cocktail is a drink typically made by combining various ingredients, such as vodka, grape juice, lime juice, ginger ale/ginger beer, and ice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 1/2 oz. Concord grape juice
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 4 oz. of ginger beer (or ginger ale)
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • A few concord grapes (garnish)
  • Crystalized ginger (garnish)
  • lime wedge (garnish)
  • Ice for serving (fill your glass or shaker with ice about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way full)


  1. Gather all your ingredients.
  2. Fill a shaker or highball glass with ice. If you are using a shaker, make sure it's nice and cold before using it.
  3. Add vodka, Concord grape juice, and lime juice to the shaker or glass.
  4. Shake or stir well until all the ingredients are combined and chilled.
  5. Taste and adjust the ingredients to your liking, adding more lime juice, grape juice, or ginger ale/ginger beer to taste if needed.
  6. Strain the mixture into a glass with ice, and garnish with concord grapes and crystallized ginger if desired. You can also add a lime wedge to the edge of the glass.
  7. Serve and enjoy your homemade Transfusion drink!


Remember that you can adjust the amount of the ingredients to your taste preference and add or remove some components to make it more to your liking.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 1g

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