What Makes The Incredible Hulk Drink - “Incredible”?

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Incredible Hulk cocktails on a glass with the Incredible Hulk figurine

The Incredible Hulk Drink is named after “The Hulk” from Marvel Comics because of its green hue. Also known as Green-Eyed Monster, Shrock, or Hip and Hen, this alcoholic beverage is a good choice if you want to make rainbow shots or cocktails. 

Jump to Incredible Hulk Drink Recipe

Despite what seems to be an intimidating name, this eye-catching drink is easy to make with only three ingredients needed. The usual Incredible Hulk drink recipe calls for equal parts of Hpnotiq liqueur and cognac, but sometimes it only results in a golden brown color rather than the intended green.

So to achieve that radioactive green color, some people like to add a little more Hpnotiq. Be careful though, as too much of this can make the cocktail too sweet and fruity. Here’s everything you need to make the Incredible Hulk drink at home.

How to Make Incredible Hulk Drink 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Hpnotiq Original Liqueur
  • 2 oz. Cognac
  • Ice

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a lowball glass with ice.
  2. Measure cognac and Hpnotiq with a jigger and pour them into the glass. Stir to combine.
  3. Serve and enjoy. 

The Rise to Fame

Landscape of New York City

The Incredible Hulk drink was created by the restaurant bartender, Victor Alvarez, from New York City last 2003. During a Hpnotiq launch event, the spokesperson noticed that women enjoyed the liquor more than men.

Hpnotiq has a beautiful blue hue and has a more fruity taste that didn’t appeal as much to the men. That’s why Alvarez came up with a brilliant solution to mix some Hennessy cognac with it. The slightly brown color of the cognac mixed with the blue liquid turned into green. 

The Incredible Hulk made waves in Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and Dist. of Columbia in the US and Ontario, Canada. In a Washington Post news, the frozen Incredible Hulk drink was featured in a review of the best bars that opened in the Washington DC area.

Incredible Hulk Recipe Variations

Considering the intense flavor of cognac and the green color of the Hpnotiq, there aren’t many variations that this drink offers. But if you are feeling a little experimental, you can always opt to add a few drops of the liquors and see how stunning the taste and colors get.

Incredible Hulk Drink Variant 1

Incredible Hulk drink served in two martini glasses

Ingredients

  • Hpnotiq Original Liqueur
  • Cognac
  • 1 oz. White Rum
  • Ice

Steps to Make

  1. For a more sophisticated look, shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Serve in a chilled martini glass.
  2. Amp up your drink by adding 1 oz. of white rum.
  3. You can also mix 1/2 oz. of cognac and Hpnotiq and serve in a shot glass for a greener colored shot.
  4. To make it slightly sweeter, add 1 oz. of cognac and 3 oz. Hpnotiq.

If you are not too keen on the rum, here’s a variant that uses vodka.

Incredible Hulk Drink Variant 2

Incredible Hulk with lime and lemon soda served in two highball glasses with lemon and lime and cognac on the side

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add ice to a highball glass.
  2. Add Midori, vodka, and lime soda over the ice. Serve.

Not strong enough? Craving a different taste than the usual Incredible Hulk Drink? Here’s another one.

Incredible Hulk Drink Variant 3

Incredible Hulk served in a glass with salt on the rim

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a Collins glass with lots of ice.
  2. Add the vodka, tequila, and Hpnotiq.
  3. Top up with lime soda. Get slammed!

Know the Incredible Hulk Drink Ingredients

Hpnotiq being poured into a jigger

  • Hpnotiq Liqueur - A blue-colored fruit liqueur that is sweet and fruity to balance the flavor of cognac. 
  • Cognac - A brandy distilled from white wine.
  • Midori Liqueur - Low alcohol melon-flavored liqueur.
  • Vodka - A clear distilled beverage with an alcohol content of up to 40% (80 proof). 
  • Tequila - An alcoholic beverage made from the agave plant and is popularly made in Mexico. 
  • Lemon-lime soda - A carbonated soft drink with lemon and lime flavorings.

Know the Incredible Hulk Drink Bar Accessories

Cocktail shaker being used by a bartender

Incredible Hulk Drink Food Pairings

Incredible Hulk Drink Food Pairings

Pair off this green spirit with some of the tastiest savory or sweet food choices. These were selected with the cognac as the base spirit in mind.

  • Chicken Liver Paté

Served on toasted and crispy baguette slices, the meaty rich flavor and smooth texture of this dish go in sync with the fruity and strong flavor of the Incredible Hulk cocktail.

  • Nori Tempura Canapes

If you love seafood and the saltiness that comes along with it, you should go ahead and pair your Incredible Hulk drink with this dish. 

  • Souffle 

Indulge in this airy and equally delicious dessert. It is quite light and not as sweet as the chocolate version since it incorporates cheese, making it a perfect pair for your green drink. 

For the tequila-based Incredible Hulk drink, here are some suggestions you might want to check. 

  • Chicken Fajitas

You will not taste the bitterness of that tequila when you indulge in this delicious chicken fajitas packed with rich and strong herbs and spices.

  • Nachos with Beef and Cheese Toppings

Do we even have to ask why this one is on the list? This meaty and cheesy snack is a perfect pair to balance the overwhelming flavors of your Incredible Hulk drink.

Incredible Hulk Drink FAQ

What does the Incredible Hulk drink taste like?

Hpnotiq is a sweet liqueur that is filled with tropical fruit flavors like mango, passion fruit, and lemon that perfectly match its soft blue color. In contrast, Hennessy cognac has a bold and strong smell and hints of nutty and woody flavors.

Together, an Incredible Hulk drink tastes fruity, slightly sweet, and still has that punch and smoky notes that can keep you slightly tipsy if not taken in moderation.

What can you mix with Hpnotiq?

Champagne, rum, tequila, and vodka

Because of its fruity and light flavors, Hpnotiq goes well with almost any distilled spirit. Try it with some champagne, coconut rum, vodka, tequila, and gin. And for the non-alcoholic beverages, it goes great with lemon and lime soda, lemonade, pineapple juice, and orange juice.

How much alcohol does the Incredible Hulk drink contain?

The Hpnotic has about 17% ABV, 34 proof, while the Hennessy has 40% ABV, 80 proof. The recipe calls for 2 oz. (60 ml) of each. 

To calculate the estimated alcohol content of a cocktail, we follow this formula: (Volume of “Strong” x ABV % / Sum of Ingredients) x 100. Multiply the volume of the alcohol required in the recipe with the alcohol percentage of the liqueur, then divide the outcome with the total volume of the drink and multiply with 100 to get the percentage.

So in terms of figures, it will look like this: [(60 x 0.17)/120 x 100] for the Hpnotic and [(60 x 0.40)/120 x 100) for the Hennessy which totals to approximately 28.5%. Note that this is only an estimate.

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Conclusion

If you want to have a party with friends and serve them an interesting, fun, and yummy cocktail, you can rely on the Incredible Hulk drink. It is also perfect should you decide to host an Avengers-themed party.

If green is not your color, you can try out these mesmerizing purple drinks for your next gathering. Or if you prefer hanging out by yourself at home, you can try whipping up some of these delicious concoctions.

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  • Monica Jones on

    Absolutely love this drink


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