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.