Kermit enjoys a mosquito mojito in a 2014 interview with ELLE.

Kermit samples some elderflower wine in The Frog Prince.

Cookie Monster drinks a cocktail in Julie on Sesame Street.

Jim Henson's drunk Whatnot on The Tonight Show.

The Terrace Restaurant

Moishe Oofnik downs an entire bottle of wine.

Johnny Fiama tends bar at Club Dot.

Oscar's Yucchy Scotch: Henson company liquor label production gift.

On-screen lyrics from Muppet Treasure Island (Muppet Sing Alongs).

Nurse Piggy is startled when the camera finds her spying a wine spritzer in the first aid kit.

Whatnots lure the listener in to drinking with them "Down at the Old Bull and Bush".

The Kermit and Piggy Story

A barfly Muppet in a Flip Wilson Show "sketch about drunks at a bar," per newspaper listing, with Flip Wilson and Dom DeLuise.

Uncle Traveling Matt toasting Germany with a glass of champagne in 1984.

Clueless Morgan in Ziggy Marley's "Love Power."

A drunk Constantine is nursed by Ricky Gervais.

Animal drinking beer in The Muppets episode "Pig Out."

The Swedish Chef drinking beer in "Pig Out."

Uncle Deadly holding a wine glass in "Pig Out."

Lips, Zoot and Floyd with beer in "Pig Out."

Bunsen and Miss Piggy with their Martini glasses in "Pig Out."

Uncle Deadly enjoys the "old, familiar burn" of a martini in "Swine Song".

Instances in which the Muppets imbibe alcohol, or where it is implied.

Early Muppets

The Muppet Show

  • Rita Moreno drinks several shots of whiskey and some pigs have a bottle of wine at their table in "I Get Ideas".
  • Sandy Duncan sings "What's A Nice Girl Like Me doing in a place that never closes?" in a bar filled with rough and tough Muppets. Beautiful Day Monster tends bar which is adorned with signs advertising "Wines & Spirits" and "Bottled Beers". Although they're not shown drinking (Sandy downs several glasses), at the end of the number, Sweetums and the Mutations pass out.
  • Piggy: "Dr. Bob, are you ready for the next bear?"
  • Rowlf: "Why, Nurse Piggy, I couldn't have a beer now, I'm about to operate!"
  • Paul Revere suggests he and Bob Hope stop for a beer in episode 221 of The Muppet Show. Later in the same episode, when various Muppet shenanigans occur on stage, Hope claims this to be the product of a hangover.
  • "Swanee" from episode 402 takes place in a beer hall with dozens of steins filled with sudsy beer.
  • In the same episode, Kermit provides narration for a noir detective story, explaining that he'd gone back to his office for a root beer. He places mild emphasis on "root"; the style of storytelling the script is spoofing would most likely have referenced the detective drinking an alcoholic beverage.
  • The March Hare offers Alice (Brooke Shields, who was 15 at the time) some wine in The Muppet Show episode 506. She doesn't see any at the table, and the Hare responds that it's because there isn't any. Later in the same scene, when Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum (Statler and Waldorf) arrive, she does the same thing to them: offering them wine, they don't see it, and she says it's because there isn't any.
  • Responding to a school's attempt to nominate Floyd Pepper for President in The Muppet Show Fan Club Newsletter volume 3 number 2, the bassist established a position on "the draft" by stating, "I like draft better than cans, but I prefer bottles."

Sesame Street

  • In a sketch originating in Episode 0873, Biff and Sully are seen at an after-work bar. The two drink sarsaparillas, however.
  • After Cookie Monster finishes eating a plate of zero cookies at the end of "They Can't Take That Away from Me", he declares that the snack "taste great, and less filling too" ... an allusion to Miller Lite's long-running ad campaign.
  • In Telling the Truth, a wolf has a French bistro setting in the woods. His table includes a glass of water and a glass of wine.
  • As a token of appreciation at the end of a crossover with Game of Thrones (for the Respect Brings Us Together campaign), Tyrion and Cersei Lannister propose a toast to Elmo for helping them learn how to respect one another. Elmo says he loves toast even though his table companions have raised wine as their offering.


  • Most of the patrons at the El Sleezo Cafe in The Muppet Movie are drinking. After a brawl breaks out, Fozzie Bear poses as a bartender and tells everyone that drinks are on the house (which they take literally).
  • Kermit and Piggy drink wine through straws at The Terrace Restaurant in The Muppet Movie. Waiter Steve Martin asks Kermit if he'd like to smell the cap. Piggy says it makes her feel giggly.
  • The poster for The Muppet Movie by Drew Struzan features Kermit and Piggy in a boat with a jug of wine tied to the bow.
  • "Shiver My Timbers" includes the lyric, "those buccaneers drown their sins in rum, the Devil himself would have to call them scum."
  • Kermit drinks a root beer (placing emphasis on the "root" to the audience) at a French pub in the "Moulin Scrooge" number from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
  • Robin the Frog plays the "green fairy" that absinthe drinkers are fabled to see in the "Moulin Scrooge" number from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie.
  • In It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, Statler and Waldorf claim to have bought drinks at Club Dot. The bartender (Johnny Fiama) says "They're lyin!" as he pours shots.


  • In "A Frog Too Far" from The Muppets Go to the Movies, Piggy plays a waitress who takes an order from Kermit playing a soldier at a USO club. "Bring me another grasshopper... oh, and a root beer to go with it. Those grasshoppers are pretty salty."

Muppets Tonight

  • Rick Moranis plays a hippie activist accompanied by Andy and Randy Pig in a sketch from Muppets Tonight episode 202. Their hide-out is littered with empty beer bottles and they reference drug-induced tripping.
  • In episode 212 of Muppets Tonight, Statler and Waldorf are drinking brandy as they watch the show. Waldorf comments, "This show is like a glass of brandy. It's old and it makes my head hurt."

The Muppets

  • When the moderator of the panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 asked how Kermit is as a boss, Rizzo the Rat (being performed in plain view by Steve Whitmire) replied, "Well, he's in a box over here." Gonzo added, "I probably shouldn't say this, but Kermit's half in the bag right now," a phrase used to mean that he's drunk.
  • Rowlf the Dog owns a tavern, an establishment typically like a bar where the menu is primarily alcoholic beverages that may sometimes also offer food.
  • Zoot wakes up when he hears that he's in a meeting in The Muppets episode "Pig Girls Don't Cry" and begins to introduce himself. Floyd Pepper tells him it's "not that kind of meeting," alluding to the conduct at a typical meeting for substance abuse, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Fozzie Bear asks if he should bring a bottle of champagne when meeting his girlfriend's parents in "Pig Girls Don't Cry" and then asks if the bottle of champagne in the Up Late with Miss Piggy kitchen belongs to anyone. Later, when meeting Becky's parents, Holly and Carl serve white wine with dinner, and after a small outburst, he asks if any of it was used in the dill sauce.
  • Jay Leno invites Fozzie to open for his act in Las Vegas in The Muppets episode "Hostile Makeover" and celebrates with two glasses of champagne. They never partake however, as Leno discovers Fozzie has been stealing trinkets from his house.
  • The Muppets episode "Bear Left Then Bear Write" has a scene of Fozzie and Kermit drinking pumpkin-spice beer at Rowlf's Tavern.
  • The Muppets episode "Pig Out" shows almost the entire crew of Up Late with Miss Piggy drinking or holding alcoholic beverages at Rowlf's Tavern. Several promotional stills show even more of what whet the characters' whistles.
  • When Rizzo makes an unintentional pun based on Dead Man Walking in "Walk the Swine", Pepe says he loves Sean Penn, but Rizzo thinks he's saying "champagne".
  • Pepe says one of the best things about Color Me Mine is real housewives with water bottles full of chardonnay in "The Ex-Factor".
  • In "Too Hot to Handler", Fozzie reads the prizes for a trivia game at Rowlf's Tavern: "A bucket of beers or a food item of comparable value, not including extreme nachos."
  • Kermit promised Denise that he'd set some boundaries between their relationship and his job over a "boozy" game of Monopoly in The Muppets episode "Swine Song".
  • Also in "Swine Song", Uncle Deadly unwinds after work with "the old, familiar burn" of a martini. His refreshment is interrupted by Gloria Estefan getting into his drink. By the end of the episode, he's learned his lesson and orders two drinks, but Gloria Estefan vomits on his suede boots.
  • Piggy holds a bottle of champagne when talking to the documentary crew about how Deadly should have known all along that he's her best friend in "Got Silk?", while also saying "What is he, drunk?"
  • Piggy washes down a sleeping pill with two chardonnays in "Because... Love".


  • Kermit tries to avoid his date with Dolly Parton by hiding out in a bar during a 1987 Dolly episode. However, he reveals that he's just been crying into his glass of Perrier.
  • Attending the ballet for a Great Performances presentation, Kermit and Piggy order sparkling banana chamblee wine during the intermission of Prokofiev's Cinderella.
  • In a Muppet Meeting Film, "The Coffee Break Machine," Luncheon Counter Monster comes across the COMP-U-COFFEE 2000, a modernized coffee machine. He inspects the small section where the coffee beans are grown, which are bathed in with a polymer-alcohol solution. As the monster sips some of the solution, he lets out a hiccup.
  • In a German poster spoofing James Bond, Kermit holds a martini (presumably shaken, not stirred).
  • Statler and Waldorf claim Miss Piggy's "hittin' the sauce again" after she dunks her pizza strip into some dipping sauce in a Pizza Hut commercial.
  • A baby from a black-and-white number in The Muppet Show Comic Book #5, holds a mug that says "Repeal the 18th!" The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution established Prohibition in the United States making the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption illegal.
  • When Kermit interviewed Johnny Depp at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, he appeared in a costume inspired by Depp's character from the movie, mimicking his drunken disposition. Depp informs him that it requires rum. "I like that even better," Kermit replied. "I might pickle myself."
  • During a radio interview on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Piggy is asked if she drinks. She responds that she never touches the stuff. Seacrest always assumed she was a drunk.
  • In an appearance on the Australian Today, Murray Monster describes an Ozzie slang word as a food dish and orders one with a side of Merlot. Karl Stefanovic says he enjoyed a beer in a New York City restaurant, but Zoe says they don't know anything about drinking. Stefanovic offers to take Murray to a bar; Murray says he's ready with his fake ID (claiming he can pass for eight years old).
  • Jason Segel and Kermit recall a recent trip they made together to Mexico in an interview segment for Unscripted. They tried a drink there called "The Muppet": a mix of Sprite and tequila which involves having your head shaken around like a Muppet (Segel demonstrates with Kermit). On ENERGY Berlin 103,4, he mentioned he drank Sambuca there; he also likes the worms at the bottom of vodka. (YouTube)
  • At the beginning of a London press conference for The Muppets, Kermit excuses Miss Piggy's tardiness saying the last time he saw her, she was leaving a bar. "I'm not saying she was drinking, I'm just saying she was leaving the bar."
  • In a March 24, 2014 interview on BBC Radio 1, Piggy's answer to a listener about how to handle a hangover is to not drink so much in the first place.
  • Appearing on Alan Carr: Chatty Man in March 2014, Kermit and Constantine are served Sambuca by the show's host. They make jokes about not being able to reach the glasses from the couch, but promise to drink it off-camera. After commercial break, Constantine is offered a Jägerbomb, but it's clear that he's already had too much to drink and starts a fight with Carr. Gary Barlow performs a song during the final segment who is joined by Carr and Kermit. The camera cuts to Constantine several times being nursed by Ricky Gervais holding a bowl under his head.
  • Sam the Eagle wakes up at a restaurant at the end of "Jungle Boogie", having just experienced a fever dream, looks at his drink and asks, "What exactly is in a Mai Tai anyway?"
  • Beaker has a glass of white wine with a dummy of Bunsen in the "Flowers on the Wall" music video.
  • Julie Bowen sends a bottle of champagne to Kermit and Piggy's table in a commercial for Audi. While Piggy leaves the table, Kermit has several glasses before Piggy tells them they're leaving without ordering food.
  • Prior to the Electric Mayhem's appearance at Outside Lands, Floyd tells that Animal will be hanging out with drummers from other bands, "A very strange tribe, those drummers. As for me, I’m lookin’ forward to the beer."[1]
  • Miss Piggy dispenses wisdom about wine in a Muppet Thought of the Week released on August 27, 2018: "Like a fine bottle of wine, appearance only improves with age. And trust moi, with several bottles of wine, almost anyone can look absolutely gorgeous!" (YouTube)

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