- JungMann Sep 4, 2007 10:59 AM
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?
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.
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
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
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 :)
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.
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
try this, it is really good, really pink, and really easy. (and Low Carb.. the ladies will love it)
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.
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 ....)
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.)
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...
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.
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
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.