For this week's featured cocktails, I will be introducing the "Tickle Me Pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the "Corpse Reviver" for Halloween (both pictured).
"Tickle Me Pink" is a trendy pink cocktail that I adapted from some other more established pink cocktails that incorporates some newer, contemporary ingredients and is on the sweeter side if that's what you like.
"Corpse Reviver" is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1930s during pre-prohibition days and is actually featured in one of the earliest cocktail books. If you are a cocktail aficionado, you will definitely recognize it. This cocktail shouts 'class' and very stylish for Halloween. Some interesting tidbits about the Corpse Reviver is that is recommended to be drank before 11 am or whenever energy is needed to recover from the night before "hair of the dog". So it is more or less a breakfast drink like the Mimosa or Bloody Mary. The most popular variation of it is the "Corpse Reviver #2", which came along much later than the original. The average bartender will not have a clue as to how to make either one. I will give you the #2 variation that is pictured.
Tickle Me Pink
- 1 1/2 oz. SKYY Infusions Cherry
- 1/2 oz X-Rated Fusion liqueur
- 1/2 oz. St Germain Elderflower liqueur
- splash of grenadine
- splash of simple syrup
- muddled start fruit
- garnish stemmed cherry or a beautiful star fruit
Build in a mixing glass, muddle star fruit with simple syrup with a muddler, add all ingredients and shake with ice. Fine strain into a chilled coup glass or cocktail glass using a strainer and garnish with stemmed cherry or star fruit.
This sweet cocktail uses X-Rated Fusion liqueur imported from France, which is a vodka-based liqueur that is infused with blood oranges, mango, and passion fruit. St Germain Elderflower liqueur is also imported from France, which is a fruit-flavored brandy base (also called eau-de-vie), elderflower, and rose petals. The star fruit can be purchased at Walmart or select grocery stores. If you prefer not to muddle it, there is no replacement.
Corpse Reviver #2
- 3/4 oz Old Tom gin
- 3/4 oz Cointreau
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc or Blond Lillet
- 1 dash Absinthe
- optional orange peel garnish
Build in a mixing tin, add all ingredients, except Absinthe, and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Add the dash of Absinthe down the middle of the glass. It will expand at the bottom and look pretty cool. You may have difficulty finding the Lillet in PA, but could be listed as either one of these names.
Let me know your thoughts should you decide to experiment with one of the cocktails. Happy Mixing!