We all know that the month of October brings the Halloween season and the preoccupation with costumes, trick or treat and everything black and orange, but it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month so we must 'think pink' as well. For this month's featured cocktails, I will be offering up a classic ghoulish theme concoction to celebrate Halloween as well as 'pink' cocktails to recognize those survivors and victims of this horrendous disease. For you guys out there, don't be afraid to 'drink pink'. Join the movement and shake up a pink cocktail. They are actually pretty good and you will be doing it for a special cause by raising awareness. Pink is the new black, you know.
- 1 1/2 oz. Ciroc Red Berry
- 1 oz. Homemade Lemonade
- 1/2 oz. Pomegranate Juice (preferably POM)
- 1/2 oz. Limoncello
- 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
- garnish lemon twist
Build in a mixing tin, add all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coup glass or cocktail glass or tall glass with glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
This cocktail is refreshing and simple to make and takes on a dark pink hue. You can drink it with dinner, at a party, or just sitting in front of the TV. Ciroc Red Berry vodka is quite pricey, but well worth it. It has a unique red berry taste that stands alone, in my opinion, among the berry vodkas. Store bought limoncello is fine, but if you get adventurous and like Limoncello, see my blog post for instructions on how to make homemade limoncello, which will take some time to complete. Simple syrup is 1:1 (water to sugar). Homemade lemonade with low sugar content is preferable.
- 2 1/2 oz Absolut Kurant
- 1/2 oz Chambord or Black Raspberry liqueur
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
- splash of blackberry brandy (optional)
- orange twist garnish and 3 skewered black olives on rim (black licorice rolled and skewered is another option)
Build in a mixing tin, add all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with three black olives skewered for decoration on rim and orange twist in the cocktail for taste. This cocktail will take on a very dark colo, almost black to celebrate Halloween and has a hint of orange color, which makes it a perfect Halloween cocktail. Trust me, the black olives will not taste good in the cocktail, but provide a little snack.