Blood in the Water Cocktail

Blood in the Water Cocktail, perfect addition to Shark Week

I feel like Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has grown in popularity over the years to become almost like a holiday. For that one week a year, I know our televisions are set to Shark Week programming. And every year I am fascinated by the beauty of sharks. And in awe of the amount of destruction they are capable of.

I’m also in awe of people who seem to have no fear of these giant creatures and get in the water with them! Even if I was “protected” by a metal cage, I don’t think I could get into the water knowing there was a shark in the water. Actually, I don’t think I couldn’t, I know for a fact I couldn’t. Swimming with dolphins is more my speed!

But, I am grateful for those who have such a thirst for shark knowledge it pushes them to get into that water and continue learning about these creatures. Because without them, I’m not really sure Shark Week would be still around and as popular as it is now over 30 years since its first annual airing.

If you like to enjoy Shark Week as much as I do, you will enjoy this fun and festive Blood in the Water Cocktail to celebrate Shark Week and sip on while watching those beautiful and destructive giant fish!

Ingredients and Barware


Cranberry Juice

Gummy Sharks

Blue striped Straw


Low Ball or High Ball glasses

Cocktail Shaker

About the Ingredients

Cranberry Juice is pretty straight forward and is made from the juice of cranberries with some added water and sugar. Its red color provides the red needed for our blood in the water look to fit the Shark Week Theme.

Vodka is a distilled alcoholic drink that is clear in color. It typically does not have much flavor and therefore is a very popular alcohol to infuse. The clear color helps to dilute the bright red coloring of the cranberry juice to provide just the right tint of red for this Shark Week Drink

While the Gummy Sharks do not actually change the flavor of this drink too much, they are pretty much essential for the look! Without them, it’s pretty much just a cranberry vodka drink. If the sharks sat in the alcohol for too long, the alcohol would start to take on their flavor, but the drink will likely be long gone before that happens! They are delicious to eat on their own though!

How to Make

In your glass, take one Gummy Shark and place it on the bottom of the glass towards the side. Add Ice to the glass about part way up. Add another Gummy Shark on top of the ice. Continue filling the glass with ice and add another Gummy Shark on top of the ice. Essentially, try to space out the Gummy Sharks using the ice to hole them in place to provide the apparence of the sharks swimming in the bloody water.

In a cocktail shaker, add ice and equal parts Vodka and Cranberry Juice. Stir them together until well mixed. (I used half a cup of vodka and half a cup of cranberry juice for two cocktails but this will depend on your glass and how much ice you have to hold your sharks in place)

Pour into your glasses with ice and your sharks

Add Blue Striped Straw

Enjoy Responsibly!

Are you a fan of fun themed drinks for whatever occasion to add a little extra fun? Us too! Check out these other fun themed drinks like this Legally Blonde Inspired Cocktail, these Incredibles Inspired Mocktails or this Super Mario Inspired Cocktail!

What is your favorite part of Shark Week?

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