Pink sweatbands, pink ribbons, pink T-shirts and even a pink patrol car. Pink is undoubtedly the color of October, as it represents support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and cocktails are no exception.
Whether you are a budding cocktail nerd or just want to get your drink on and show support, the Central Florida Future’s Chris Muscardin, an experienced bar tender, compiled a list of classic, pink cocktails to enjoy this month.
Beginner – Kir Royale
Think of a mimosa. Now, get rid of the orange juice, and instead add more alcohol. That’s the concept behind the Kir Royale, a French favorite that owes its hue and flavor to crème de cassis — a sweet, fruity liqueur ranging in price from the high-end Chambord to more budget friendly brands at Total Wine.
½ ounce crème de cassis
Add the liqueur to a champagne flute, wine glass or any other glass. Top with champagne and stir lightly. Throw a raspberry or two in to soak. You’ll be glad you did later.
Intermediate – The Paloma
Despite what you may have heard, Mexico’s favorite drink is not the Margarita, but her tart sister Paloma. Sweet, tart, salty and refreshing all at once, there is a lot more to this tequila and grapefruit tipple than meets the eye. Jarritos is the most popular Mexican-brand grapefruit soda locally but can sometimes be hard to find — a mix of Ruby Red grapefruit juice and club soda works just the same.
2 ounces tequila blanco (silver)
Half a lime (about ½ ounce of juice)
½ ounce sweetener (simple syrup or agave if not using a grapefruit soda)
Pinch of salt
Grapefruit soda (or a Ruby Red grapefruit juice and club soda mix)
Build the first three ingredients over ice. Top with grapefruit soda, stir lightly.
More Involved – The Jasmine
The Jasmine, a more modern classic dating back to the 1990s during the beginning of the craft cocktail renaissance, earns its skill-level rating mostly for its need of a liquor cabinet larger than the average college student’s. This cocktail introduces the sweet orange liqueur Cointreau and the boldly bitter Italian Campari for a smooth, complex drink that is surprisingly straightforward to make.
1 ½ ounces gin
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce Cointreau (or other triple sec)
¼ ounce Campari
Build the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds and then strain into a martini or coupe glass. Garnish it with a twist of lemon peel, and it’s good to go.
You’re A Star – The Clover Club
This Philadelphia pre-Prohibition classic is for those who really want to take it to the next level, hence the addition of raspberry syrup (crush and mix some raspberries with simple syrup, or buy some) and egg white, which isn’t for flavor — it gives the drink a light, frothy texture and fun foam cap on top and is completely safe. Being such an old cocktail, there are dozens of variations; this is one of the best.
1 ½ ounces gin
½ ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce raspberry syrup
½ ounce egg white
Build the ingredients in a shaker. Shake for 30 seconds without ice. Now add the ice and shake for another 30 seconds. Strain into a martini or coupe glass and twist a lemon peel over the top.
Chris Muscardin is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.