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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.