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A classic girly drink?

Ok, there is a thread asking for classic cocktails for men, so in the interest of equal opportunity, I am looking for a classic "girly" drink. Specifically, I would like a new drink to serve at home as sort of a "signature cocktail" when I have parties.

The criteria:
Served in a classic cocktail glass (I have very pretty vintage ones that I would like to use more often).
Can't contain completely insane ingredients, (I have a pretty complete liquor cabinet; Maraschino, Pastis, Campari, all share space with the gin, vodka, bourbon, etc. I certainly don't mind buying more booze, but please no 50 dollar bottles of totally recherche liqueurs that are only used to make one drink).
It must be pretty! (I told you, I'm looking for something girly here!)
Has to taste fabulous! (This is really the most important criteria on the list, but is sort of a given I hope)

In the past, my signature drinks have been lemon drops (pretty and yummy, but, let's face it, a little too TGIFridays) and Aviations, which are gorgeous and tasty and still my go-to drink, but I've been serving them for several years now and would like to mix things up a little.

So what should I put in the shaker?

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  1. Sidecars with fresh orange juice, served up in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.

    I'm a huge fan of amaretto sours (garnished with some of those alcohol-soaked real maraschino cherries and an orange round). Amaretto with club soda and several squeezes of lemon juice, garnished with lemon wedges, is also pretty fantastic.

    Last but not least, sweet white vermouth (Martini bianco) served over ice with several squeezes of lemon and lemon rounds is also very nice and unexpected. A great aperitiv.

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    1. re: ChristinaMason

      Although not traditionally served in a cocktail glass, I see no reasons why these cocktails can't be served in them or any other glass for that matter

      Kir Royale or Champagne Kir Royal
      Pink Squirrel
      Grasshoppers
      Any Type of Sours. e.g., whiskey or blackberry brandy

    2. Here's a link to a recipe for my all time favorite: http://tinyurl.com/ykrrq9a I first had it in Istanbul in the late '50s where it was called a Pink Lady, but in the U.S. it's called a Pink Rose. It looks and taste innocuous, but don't you believe it! I make mine with Persian lime juice instead of lemon, but both are delicious. The difference between a Pink Lady and a Pink Rose is that the Rose has citrus juice AND heavy cream. Lovely..

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      1. re: Caroline1

        Bijou?

        gin/chartreuse/sweet vermouth/orange bitters

        garnished with a cherry

        1. re: Caroline1

          I have two ideas...

          This first one is a pretty red color, and features rye whiskey, which is not a spirit "traditionally" thought of as a 'girl-y" spirit.

          The Scofflaw Cocktail

          1.5 oz rye whiskey
          1 oz dry vermouth
          2/3 oz fresh lime juice
          2/3 oz grenadine
          Shake ingredients in a ice filled shaker and strain into a cocktail glass.
          Garnish with an orange zest twist.

          This second one is a pretty, light green color. Bear with me, I know the ingredient list sounds gross, but this cocktail is attractive, sweet, creamy, and surprisingly well balanced. I don't even like Midori, and I like this drink.

          The Jamaican Ten-Speed

          1 oz vodka
          3/4 oz Midori
          1/4 oz coconut rum
          1/4 oz creme de banane
          1/2 oz half-and-half

          Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

          1. re: jerryc123

            The scofflaw sounds pretty good--I like whiskey, and I have everything for that, so I might shake up a couple this weekend. The second one does sound gross, but I have most of the stuff on hand, not creme de banane though--I will put it on my list of things to try after I go to to the liquor store.

            Thanks!

            1. re: lulubelle

              I was in the same boat. I had everything except the creme de banane, and I went out and bought a bottle just for this drink. I told myself I would NEVER buy a bottle of booze for one drink, ever again. Oh well.
              I HAVE seen a few cocktail recipes I wanted to try that called for creme de banane, but for the life of me, I can't seem to remember them now. Perhaps, if I try them and find a few that are note worthy, I will post them to this board.

              1. re: jerryc123

                I bought a bottle of creme de banane for the sole purpose of making Rum Runners and it was money very well spent. I have also found some other good recipes that use it, but I haven't tried them yet.

                I can't contribute anything else to the coversation, though, but I'll be watching for drinks I can make for my wife. Great thread everyone!

                1. re: jerryc123

                  Dharma Rum:
                  1/2 c (about 1 sm) sliced ripened banana
                  1.5 oz creme de banane
                  1.5 oz creme de cacao (clear or dark)
                  1.5 oz dark rum (Myers)
                  1/4 c half-and-half
                  1 c cracked ice

                  Combine all ingredients in a blender. If you're feeling fancy, grate a little dark chocolate over it. Great summer drink to have in your back pocket.

                  And if you need another use for Midori I like the Melon Ball--vodka, midori, and oj (or pineapple). It's best to choose your own proportions because you can really vary the sweetness of the drink.

          2. Here's three that may work - All taste great, a little on the sweet side, and are served in a cocktail glass.

            1. If you watch "Mad Men" Betty Draper always seems to order a Gimlet. Can't get much more classic than that.

            2. Classic Daiquiri's work as well, although it's getting a bit chilly for the summer drinks now. Just make sure you use fresh squeezed lime juice - world of difference.

            3. Last Word Cocktail: 1 part each Gin, Lime Juice, Green Chartreuse, Maraschino. Shake with Ice and strain.

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            1. re: GinChevyChase

              I do like gimlets, although I think of those as a summer drink--and they seem too simple to be a signature drink--the Last Word, on the other hand, sounds heavenly! And I have all the ingredients! Thank you!

              1. re: lulubelle

                eastern standard in boston makes a gimlet with tarragon syrup, called an "au provence." it's a terrific drink and might be enough of a twist to make it special.

              2. re: GinChevyChase

                Old thread, but:

                The Last Word sounds amazing. Can't wait to try it (in two more months, after my pregnancy is finished)!! Thanks for the recipe.

                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  I love The Last Word - I was very kindly introduced to it by a lovely barman. I am now hooked.

              3. Aviations (with creme de violette) are so very yum! (gin, lemon, maraschino and violette) I've been drinking these lately at home and out - and starting to introduce my friends to them and they are all suprised by how good they are. And they are a lovely light purple shade - can't get much more girly! I first had them minus the violette but found later it really just makes the drink sing IMO.

                1. Ok I guess i'm retarded or read too fast - missed the line in the OP that you've already used this as a sig drink! Sorry, my bad - but good taste!!!

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                  1. re: kayowinter

                    but never with the violette! That sounds so good, and who wouldn't love a purple drink?

                    1. re: lulubelle

                      It is sooo good. i'm going to make one tonight!