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Pink Cocktails

I am attending a pink cocktail party and need to bring a specialty cocktail. As a whiskey drinker, I know very few pink cocktails other than the Negroni (which would not go over well with this crowd of girls). I could make strawberry daiquiries or watermelon margaritas, but would prefer to avoid excessively complicated drinks that require multiple ingredients and/or a blender (unless it's a really good frozen cocktail). I have grenadine, triple sec and a small amount of dark rum on hand. What else would I need for your crowd-pleasing pink cocktail?

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  1. Well, I have a really good pink cocktail, but are you looking for only what you can make with grenadine, rum and triple sec? I think your options are pretty limited.

    Assuming that I am misunderstanding you, the Jasmine is a wonderful cocktail, I make mine like this:

    1.5 oz Plymouth
    3/4 oz fresh lemon juice (or a mixture of fresh lemon and lime juices)
    3/4 oz Campari
    3/4 oz Cointreau
    (optional dash Angostura or orange bitters)
    Shake, strain and serve up.

    If the girls don't like its beguilingly aromatic and bitter flavors (the ingredients combine to taste like grapefruit), I say, more for you.

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    1. re: kenito799

      It doesn't have to be with just what I have on hand; I'm just trying to avoid buying too many more ingredients. Ideally I'd like to be able to keep costs below $25.

      1. re: JungMann

        Some old classics are the Pink Squirrel, Pink Lady and Pink Rose. You can Google up recipes for them. They date way way back. Some to the Prohibition Era

    2. The Jack Rose is kind of pink. It is made with Applejack, lemon juice and grenadine (although I have actually only had it with homemade grenadine so I do not know if it as good with purchased grenadine) and is a great combination of flavors without being too sweet.

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      1. re: LauraB

        I second the Jack Rose idea. It surprises the folks who are expecting something cosmo-sweet. An English rose is also pink, and somewhat different than the Jack Rose, though it's a bit sweeter:
        3/4 oz apricot brandy
        1 1/2 oz gin
        3/4 oz dry vermouth
        1 tsp grenadine syrup
        1/4 tsp lemon juice
        1 cherry

      2. What about a madas?
        Simple to make, easy to drink
        orange juice,cranberry juice vodka

        1. Don't forget the very 70' Tequila Sunrise either. It has a nice rosy hue.

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          1. re: Candy

            That's a little too orange for me. I'm looking for a really pink impact.

            1. re: JungMann

              The Pink Lady is pink in hue and name...but it's an odd one:
              1.5 oz gin
              1/2 oz Applejack or brandy
              3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
              splash grenadine
              1/2 egg white (1 egg white per 2 drinks)

              shake hard at leats 30 seconds, serve up

              Make sure the egg is very fresh, the froth is wonderful, don't tell anyone it's in there till they have had a few :)

              1. re: kenito799

                The classic pink lady is a bit different. Originated in the 1940s. I still have some missing cookbooks that are probably waiting for me in the garage, so I can't find my recipe, but this is very similar with the exception of a tsp of lime juice. This one is an opaque pink, and you have to limit your guests.

                1 1/2 oz gin
                1 tsp grenadine
                1 egg white
                1 tsp sweet cream

                Shake well with cracked ice and strain into a martini glass.

                1. re: Caroline1

                  very close to the pink lady, delicious, and lovely is the clover club. gin + grenadine (or raspberry syrup) + egg white + lemon juice. one of my favorites.

              2. re: JungMann

                the sunrise didn't originally have any orange juice in it. basically, as I recall, it was a scratch marguarita( tequuila, triple sec, lime juice, and in this case, grenadine and a dash of orange bitters. if you stirr it, it's much pinker than a the commonly made sunrise, and better tasting too, IMHO

            2. try this, it is really good, really pink, and really easy. (and Low Carb.. the ladies will love it)

              1.qt water
              1 package of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade (or any other sugar free brand, even generic is fine)
              1 cup Vodka (please use a good vodka)
              1/2 cup Watermelon Pucker
              3 cans of Ginger ale.
              add all but the ginger ale in a one gallon container, shake like a madwoman, and serve with a topper of ginger ale.

              I made this at a cook out and it went in less than half an hour.

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              1. re: gryphonskeeper

                That sounds really great! Most of us watch our carbs, so low carb is ideal (and I hate sweet drinks anyway). Have you tried using watermelon vodka/rum instead of the separate liquors or would that be too strong?

                1. re: JungMann

                  Watermelon smirnoff would be fine, as well as watermelon rum. I don't see where they would do any harm. HOWEVER, make a tiny batch at first.

                2. re: gryphonskeeper

                  I assure you, nothing with Watermelon Pucker in it is low in carbs.

                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                    ok ok... "lower" in carbs. :P

                    Seriously though, sour mix is higher in carbs than most people realize. If you could omit about 200 calories from a drink, wouldn't you?

                    1. re: gryphonskeeper

                      Absolutely, although they sell 1 carb sour which is pretty decent, considering. If I could only find the link...

                      Beware though, because Watermelon Pucker has just under 20 carbs per ounce, which is certainly not low.

                  2. re: gryphonskeeper

                    This sounds good, but what do you mean...serve with a topper of ginger ale..? And why do you need 3 cans of ginger ale?

                    1. re: Mama Dee

                      it makes enough for several people... the cans of ginger ale add the fizz after you mix everything.

                  3. Here's a pink cocktail involving whiskey, the Ward 8:
                    1 1/2 oz bourbon
                    3/4 oz OJ.
                    Juice from 1/2 lemon
                    1 tsp grenadine
                    Shake, and serve up in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

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                    1. re: mhiggins

                      Is it any good? I'm a big bourbon fan, but don't typically mix it with much more than water or cola.

                      1. re: JungMann

                        I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Cosmopolitan....or is it lacking in creativity? It is a very nice pink color and I've never met a girl that doesn't like it. It is the quintessential girly cocktail.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          Ugh. This girl HATES Cosmopolitans.

                          How about a Taconic? Gin, tonic and Angostura bitters?

                          For more tropical, I love a Bermuda Rum Swizzle or a Juniper Breeze, but both are multiple ingredients.

                        2. re: JungMann

                          The Ward 8 is great - my wife's favorite cocktail. The bourbon taste is definitely not at the forefront, but it's a wonderful drink.

                          1. re: JungMann

                            A properly made Ward Eight is indeed a good drink. Do yourself a favor and use fresh squeezed orange & lemon juices, and if you can use homemade grenadine definitely do that. Imbibe had a thing a while back where they rated the store bought grenadines to see if any were worth buying at all, I forget the brand that one (can picture the label but ....)

                          2. re: mhiggins

                            I tried the above recipe for the Ward 8 and both my wife and I liked it (despite her not being a huge whiskey drinker). I noticed many variations on-line, some without OJ and even one without Lemon. As made above, it's not very pink -- more reddish brown. (I also used 2 oz of Bourbon and 1/2 oz Lemon; juice of a big lemon would be closer to 1 oz, which would seem a bit sour; I used Scrappy's Grenadine, which was good.)

                          3. What a great idea for a party!

                            How about a watermelon cocktail, with either rum or tequila? Here's a thread with lots of recipes:


                            The one with pink lemonade, watermelon juice, and vodka sounds simple and yummy.


                            P.S. Me, I'm going to try kenito799's recipe for a Jasmine Cocktail tonight - it sounds great. I don't have Plymouth gin, though, so it'll have to be Beefeaters...

                            1. easy, cheap, pink:

                              stoli raspberry with pink lemonade.

                              mix in big pitcher to taste. serve over ice in tall glasses w straw. garnish with lemon slice, cherry or raspberries and paper pink parasol (optional).

                              universally popular & easy to drink. and pink.

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                              1. re: soupkitten

                                I know! Unfortunately someone already took that! I suppose it's an excuse for me to get creative.

                                1. re: JungMann

                                  ahhh. here's my second, more labor intensive suggestion then. still pink! :)


                              2. You know there is nothing wrong with a good French rose or a Blanc de Noirs Champers. Eye of the Partridge comes to mind. A lovely sparkly with a gorgeous ping hue. It can also please those who are avoiding carbs.

                                1. How about a pink gin? Gin with a dash of Angostura bitters.

                                  1. Don't know if this is a crowd please, but I know it used to be really popular in the late 70's early 80's, the Pink Squirrel. Not exactly calorie conscious either but oh so tasty!

                                    1 oz Creme de Noyaux
                                    1 tblsp white Creme de Cacao
                                    1 tblsp Light cream
                                    A bit of Grenadine for color

                                    Mixing instructions:
                                    Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

                                    1. A Poinsetta is easy and fun Champagne and Cranberry juice. Costs can be kept down and who doesn't like a bubbly drink. If you can find a guava juice champagne and guava juice is tasty option.

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                                      1. re: sweetnspicy

                                        A similar drink I've heard called a Cape Cod Mimosa or a New England Mimosa is (cheap) champagne, orange juice and topped with the cranberry. It's a little smoother than the poinsetta and the OJ really masks the inferior champagne. You can use Dom if you want too, I suppose.

                                        1. re: sailormouth

                                          That sounds even better than a Mimosa.
                                          Cape Codder is a basic favorite of mine. Is it pink or red? Instead of cranberry juice "cocktail" (HFCS) I use equal parts vodka and straight cranberry juice, sweeten to taste with triple sec. Guess that needs a new name.

                                          1. re: atheorist

                                            I like Cape Codder's as a cheapo bar drink where a gin and tonic is a tall order, this pseudo-mimosa works well at any place that offers a mimosa, which I've found to be too much like a screwdriver: bad for the stomach and not great for a morning after.

                                      2. How about a Kir or Kir Royale?
                                        1 part Creme de Cassis
                                        9 parts White wine (Champagne if Royale)
                                        Served in a Champagne flute.

                                        They can add more Cassis if they want it sweeter.

                                        1. As a bartender what I will do is to ask the lady what her name is and then name the drink after her with this variation on the Pink Squirrel:


                                          The recipe:
                                          1.75 oz Amaretto
                                          .75 oz White Creme de Cacao
                                          3 oz milk
                                          1 dot Grenadine

                                          Shake and break into a martini glass.

                                          Striclty speaking a Pink Squirrel is made with Creme de Noyeaau as DiSarrono didn't come to this country until after WW II.

                                          Let us know how she like it!

                                          1. There is a pink drink that I really like that happens to use rum and grenadine, although dark rum would muddy the color. It is the Bacardi cocktail, although I prefer to use other rums, so technically it should be called something else.

                                            Here is the recipe I like:
                                            1.5 ounces light rum
                                            0.75 ounces lime juice
                                            0.75 ounces simple syrup
                                            0.25 ounces homemade grenadine

                                            Shake & serve up.

                                            I think it tastes amazing with Appleton V/X, but if the color is of utmost importance, using a white rum would make more sense. It's a simple drink that is a takeoff on a daiquiri, but with the right rum and grenadine I think it is delicious, and happens to be a pretty shade of pink.

                                            1. The Pendennis Club is a pink cocktail, thanks to the generous use of Peychaud's.

                                              1 1/2 oz. gin
                                              3/4 oz. lime juice
                                              1/2 oz. apricot brandy (Marie Brizard Apry or Rothman & Winter work well)
                                              1/2 oz. simple syrup
                                              3 generous dashes Peychaud's bitters

                                              Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

                                              1. French martini
                                                Greyhound using pink grapefruit juice

                                                1. Sparklie Unicorn. A new drink made up last night, very tasty.

                                                  1 oz vodka
                                                  1 oz Triple sec
                                                  1 oz St. Germain
                                                  Raspberry Ginger ale
                                                  A dash of lime.

                                                  Very tasty.

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                                                  1. re: YAYME

                                                    Looks a bit sugary (okay, more than a bit). Might want to cut it with a bit more than a "dash" of citrus.

                                                    1. re: davis_sq_pro

                                                      It was invented by my best friend girl who loves alchopops. So I guess it is.