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Woo Woo Cocktail Recipe

The Woo Woo cocktail is a tasty vodka drink with a quirky name. It’s also easy to craft at home and even easier to sip.

Woo Woo Cocktail Up Close with Black Background

When we talk about the Woo Woo cocktail It’s difficult for us to keep straight faces.

For starters, there’s the drink’s silly name that’s practically impossible to say out loud without giggling. Then there’s its vibrant red color and ridiculously easy recipe.

But the real reason that the Woo Woo makes us smile is the way it tastes. This fruity drink tastes like summer in a glass.

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What Is a Woo Woo Cocktail?

Woo Woo Cocktail with Black Background
We paused to admire this Woo Woo cocktail before we took our first sips.

The Woo Woo is a sweet cocktail crafted with vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. Mixed in a 2:1:4 ratio, these ingredients come together in a way that make us us want to say… wait for it… woo hoo!

The drink is red. It’s fruity. It’s also super easy to sip either with or without a straw.

History of the Woo Woo Cocktail

Woo Woo Cocktail With Lime Wheel
The Woo Woo tastes fresh after four decades at the bars.

The Woo Woo’s history dates back to the 1980s, the decade when the Cold War ended, hairstyles were as high as Mount Everest and MTV killed the radio star. It’s also the decade when 20 somethings wore acid-wash jeans as they nonchalantly ordered drinks like Woo Woo cocktails at bars in cities like New York and at the Jersey Shore. We may or may not have been two of those tragically hip 20 somethings.

Cocktail historians are as fuzzy as a navel when it comes to knowing where the Woo Woo cocktail was invented. Some trace its origins to a now closed Queens (New York) bar called First Edition where bartenders would shout “Woo Woo” when crafting Woo Woo cocktails.

Woo Woo Cocktail Ingredients

Woo Woo Cocktail Ingredients
The Woo Woo’s ingredients include peach schnapps, cranberry juice, vodka and a lime.

You just need the following ingredients to craft a Woo Woo cocktail at home:

  • Vodka
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Lime Wheel (for garnish)
  • Ice Cubes

If you don’t already have these ingredients, you should be able to find them at your local liquor store and/or market.

Woo Woo Cocktail Liquor Bottles
Peach schnapps and vodka are the Woo Woo cocktail’s two alcoholic ingredients.

Special vodka isn’t required to craft a Woo Woo cocktail. We typically use Absolut Vodka. Not only is Absolut our current vodka of choice, but it was one of the most popular vodkas during the 1980s when the Woo Woo was invented. Distilled in Sweden, Absolut vodka has an ABV of 40%.

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While you probably already have a bottle or two of vodka on hand, you may need to buy a bottle of peach schnapps. We bought a bottle of DeKuyper Peachtree peach schnapps with a 15% ABV for this and other cocktail recipes. Beyond the Woo Woo, the sweet Dutch liqueur is also an ingredient in cocktails like the Fuzzy Navel and Sex on the Beach.

How to Craft a Woo Woo Cocktail

Woo Woo Cocktail Mise en Place
We were sipping our Woo Woo mere minutes after assembling the cocktail’s ingredients and two simple bar tools.

Our Woo Woo recipe is so easy that it’s practically impossible to make a boo boo, i.e. mistake. And, as a bonus, you only need the following two basic bar tools:

Don’t give up if you’re missing one or both of these basic bar tools. You could use an angled measuring cup instead of a jigger and a regular spoon instead of a bar spoon.

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The first step in our Woo Woo recipe is to fill a highball glass halfway with ice cubes.

Adding Ice to a Woo Woo Cocktail
Adding ice to a highball is the first step in this Woo Woo cocktail recipe.

Next, pour the three liquid ingredients into the same glass. We use a Japanese jigger for this step. It’s a handy bar tool that ensures accurate measurements while reducing spillage.

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Gently stir with a bar spoon.

Stirring a Woo Woo Cocktail
Stirring the liquid ingredients is when they transform into a Woo Woo cocktail.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

Woo Woo Cocktail Up Close with Black Background
A striped red straw completed our Woo Woo.

Feel free to shout “Woo Woo” before you take your first sip. However, this exclamation is purely optional.

Woo Woo Cocktail Alternatives

Crafted Woo Woo Cocktail
The best way to find out if you’re a Woo Woo fan is to craft one at home.

Consider the following variations if the Woo Woo doesn’t make you say “Woo Hoo”:

  • Increase the ingredients and serve in a punch bowl if you want to craft Woo Woo Punch for a party.
  • Omit the ice and serve in shot glasses if you want to drink Woo Woo Shots a/k/a Baby Woo Woos with friends.
  • Replace the peach schnapps with pineapple juice to craft a Bay Breeze cocktail.
  • Leave out the peach schnapps to craft a Cape Cod cocktail.
  • Leave out the vodka and replace the cranberry juice with orange juice to craft a Fuzzy Navel cocktail.
  • Replace the cranberry juice with orange juice to craft a Hairy Navel cocktail.
  • Replace the peach schnapps with orange juice to craft a Madras cocktail.
  • Replace the peach schnapps with grapefruit juice to craft a Sea Breeze cocktail.
  • Add orange juice to craft a Sex on the Beach cocktail.

Woo Woo Cocktail FAQs

What is a Woo Woo cocktail?

The Woo Woo cocktail is a vodka cocktail crafted with cranberry juice and peach schnapps.

What does the Woo Woo cocktail taste like?

The Woo Woo cocktail tastes sweet and fruity thanks to a short ingredient list that includes cranberry juice and peach schnapps.

Where was the Woo Woo cocktail invented?

The Woo Woo cocktail was invented in the United States. It’s exact history is a mystery.

What are the ingredients in a Woo Woo cocktail?

Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Lime wheel (for garnish) and Ice Cubes

Is the Woo Woo cocktail shaken or stirred?

The Woo Woo can be either stirred or shaken.

Is the Woo Woo cocktail strong?

The Woo Woo isn’t a particularly potent potable. However, the Woo Woo is so easy to sip that it would be easy to drink several in one sitting. In other words, drink Woo Woo cocktails in moderation.

Woo Woo Cocktail Recipe

Woo Woo Cocktail from Above

Woo Woo Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

You may say "yahoo" once you realize how easy it is to craft our Woo Woo recipe with just a few ingredients and no special bar tools.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce peach scnhapps
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • lime wheel (for garnish)
  • ice cubes


  1. Fill a highball glass half way with ice.
  2. Pour vodka, peach schnapps and cranberry juice into the highball glass.
  3. Gently stir.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Original Publication Date: March 17, 2023

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