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Pink Cocktails

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?

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    kenito799 Sep 4, 2007 11:08 AM

    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
      JungMann Sep 4, 2007 11:11 AM

      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.

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        Candy Sep 4, 2007 11:20 AM

        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

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      LauraB Sep 4, 2007 11:42 AM

      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
        Bluebell Sep 5, 2007 11:36 AM

        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

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        TVC15 Sep 4, 2007 11:56 AM

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

        1. Candy Sep 4, 2007 12:15 PM

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

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          1. re: Candy
            JungMann Sep 4, 2007 12:38 PM

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

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              kenito799 Sep 4, 2007 02:52 PM

              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
                Caroline1 Nov 27, 2007 08:24 AM

                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.

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                  somerset Aug 4, 2010 11:48 PM

                  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
                chazzerking Sep 4, 2007 03:20 PM

                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

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              gryphonskeeper Sep 4, 2007 04:58 PM

              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
                JungMann Sep 5, 2007 06:28 AM

                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?

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                  gryphonskeeper Sep 5, 2007 01:35 PM

                  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
                  invinotheresverde Sep 5, 2007 03:04 PM

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

                  1. re: invinotheresverde
                    gryphonskeeper Sep 5, 2007 05:56 PM

                    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
                      invinotheresverde Sep 6, 2007 07:48 AM

                      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
                    Mama Dee Aug 3, 2010 03:01 PM

                    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
                      gryphonskeeper Aug 9, 2010 06:04 PM

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

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                    mhiggins Sep 5, 2007 09:10 AM

                    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
                      JungMann Sep 5, 2007 09:56 AM

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

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                        millygirl Sep 5, 2007 10:00 AM

                        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
                          Amuse Bouches Sep 10, 2007 07:03 PM

                          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
                          mhiggins Sep 5, 2007 11:31 AM

                          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
                            jgg13 Aug 23, 2010 12:43 PM

                            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
                            EvergreenDan Aug 23, 2010 11:08 PM

                            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. AnneInMpls Sep 5, 2007 11:41 AM

                            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...

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                              soupkitten Sep 5, 2007 11:46 AM

                              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
                                JungMann Sep 5, 2007 01:56 PM

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

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                                  soupkitten Sep 5, 2007 02:27 PM

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


                              2. Candy Sep 5, 2007 03:00 PM

                                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.

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                                  lennox53 Sep 5, 2007 07:57 PM

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

                                  1. sivyaleah Sep 6, 2007 08:24 AM

                                    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.

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                                      sweetnspicy Sep 10, 2007 11:16 PM

                                      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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                                        sailormouth Oct 8, 2007 11:34 PM

                                        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
                                          atheorist Oct 10, 2007 06:37 PM

                                          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
                                            sailormouth Oct 10, 2007 10:53 PM

                                            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.

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                                        davebough Oct 9, 2007 06:21 AM

                                        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.

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                                          postemotional1 Nov 23, 2007 11:51 PM

                                          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!

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                                            nickls Aug 5, 2010 09:25 AM

                                            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.

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                                              mrs bacon Aug 9, 2010 05:27 PM

                                              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.

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                                                funniduck Aug 9, 2010 06:26 PM

                                                French martini
                                                Greyhound using pink grapefruit juice

                                                1. YAYME Sep 26, 2010 04:22 AM

                                                  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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                                                    davis_sq_pro Sep 26, 2010 12:02 PM

                                                    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
                                                      YAYME Sep 27, 2010 04:47 AM

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

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