When I say pink drink, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s Starbucks’ Pink Drink, maybe it’s good old rosé, or maybe it’s a classic Cosmo—but those are hardly the only options when you want a blushing beverage.
Such a delicious—and Insta-friendly—snack clearly deserves an equally satisfying (and photogenic) drink. While a glass of rosé fits the bill, sometimes even the most basic among us crave a change…or are eating hummus during the workday, in which case that can of fizzy pink House Wine stays in the fridge for a few more hours.
Hence, a quest for more pink drink possibilities.
How to Make a Pink Drink Recipe
Pink drinks come in many shades—and strengths—but some of the most common ways to add a rosy hue to your glass are to use pink grapefruit juice, grenadine, or a splash of cran. Our rhubarb syrup and strawberry syrup can achieve the same effect; guava nectar can too. Small doses of fruit and vegetable powders from raspberry to beet will also work. And there’s always food coloring if you’re not afraid to get a little fake. Check out the pink drink recipes below and you’ll discover even more alternatives.
Best of all, you don’t even have to wait until Wednesdays to
wear drink pink.
Shantay, You Frosé
Because obviously. Besides your favorite bottle of rosé, all you need to blitz this up is frozen strawberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Per Joey’s advice, garnish with a mint leaf because it makes it cuter.
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If your mind went straight to the pastel pink Starbucks staple, who could blame you? It’s beautiful, and it’s deliciously refreshing to boot. Making it at home is easy once you secure the main ingredient (acai berry tea); fresh strawberries, coconut milk, and white grape juice round out the shopping list. Get the Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink recipe.
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The key ingredient in this pink drink.
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Another summer refresher, pink lemonade has a surprisingly scandalous history—at least according to some sources, which claim it was originally made with wash water stained from the dye in a bareback rider’s red tights (gagging, and not in the good way). These days, it’s definitely loaded with food coloring when you buy it from most commercial sources, so get our Pink Lemonade recipe. It uses raspberry syrup for the pink tint, with a bonus boost of sweet and tangy flavor. Prefer other summer fruits (and booze)? Try our naturally pink Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail recipe too.
While “shrub” may not sound like the first thing you want to swill on a steamy afternoon, it’s better than “drinking vinegar,” right? YMMV, but this pleasantly tart, peachy elixir in the palest pink is a great non-alcoholic sipper; dilute it with club soda for a simple alternative to your usual fizzy drink, or use it as a cocktail ingredient. Get our Peach Shrub recipe.
This lady predates the girl gang from “Grease” by a couple decades, at least. The Prohibition-era cocktail is gin-based and tinged pink from grenadine, but it also contains egg white and cream—so it’s as satiny as one of those iconic jackets. Yet unlike anything you would have seen at the Frosty Palace. Get our Pink Lady recipe.
A three-ingredient cocktail that goes down easy, this is like a margarita with bubbles. Grapefruit soda is an an easy shortcut to complex flavor when mixed with tequila and fresh lime. It also lends a subtle pink shade, and the all-important effervescence. (If your soda is clear, just sneak a tiny drop of red food coloring into the glass and gently stir.) Get the Paloma recipe.
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Is there any more basic cocktail than the Cosmo? Forever linked with “Sex and the City” and frequently made with bottom shelf vodka, it’s easy to hate (even if you adored it once). But our Cosmopolitan recipe brings proper balance to the ingredients and may rekindle an old flame. (If you simply can’t drink another Cosmo for…reasons…try our Sophisticate recipe with elderflower liqueur and see if that helps erase any unpleasant associations.)
This is a celebration in a glass, but you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy it. Make the lavender syrup ahead of time, keep raspberry sorbet stocked in your freezer, and any time you’re feeling fancy, combine them with some sparkling wine (which you should definitely always have in the fridge). Get our Champagne Sorbet Float recipe.
The sinister name plus the sweet appearance—and the fact that this contains absinthe—makes it seem perfect for pastel goths, but the taste should appeal to almost everyone. A sweet-tart rhubarb syrup, fresh lemon juice, and bourbon combine with the licorice notes of the absinthe for a nicely balanced drink that’s not as innocent as it looks. Get our Touch of Evil recipe.
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This sparkling strawberry concoction with limoncello and cava is seductive but deadly (if you let your guard down, anyway). To mitigate the effects, you might want to add a little less liqueur and/or replace part of the wine with a club soda. You’re still going to fall hard for this one. Get our Femme Fatale recipe.
How could you pass up a pink cocktail that is also named after a breed of small, fluffy dog with impeccably coiffed curls (that also comes in a teacup size perfect for toting around in an oversize LV purse)? Confession: It’s actually just a Greyhound with the addition of a little St-Germain elderflower liqueur for a French accent. Get our Bichon Frisé recipe.
I’ve paid a lot of lip service to cocktails, but mocktails are an equally valid option, and should be just as carefully crafted. Our Little Pink Pearl recipe combines red grapefruit juice and orgeat (a rich, almond-scented mixer that’s zero-proof and delicious), with a little fresh lime. It has a naturally opalescent sheen, but there’s no reason not to add some luster dust if you have it.
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Fit for a princess.
The original virgin cocktail, this verges on cloying when made with dive bar grenadine, but use a high-quality brand—or our homemade grenadine—and you have a drink that’ll make you want to tap dance. If you can’t get on board the good ship maraschino, use Luxardo cherries—but that neon pink hue has its charms, and if there was ever a time and a place for them, it’s here. Get our Shirley Temple recipe.
Beer lovers don’t have to go with a raspberry lambic to join the pink drink party—a blend of watermelon, white beer, and Créole Shrubb liqueur is a refreshing change of pace for summer. And it’s the color of pink flamingos. Divine. Get our Beer and Watermelon Cocktail recipe. (Our Summer Hoedown is basically the same thing with maraschino liqueur in place of the Shrubb.)
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The British blend of spirit and bitters known as Pink Gin is super strong; a Pink Gin Fizz is a little gentler. But our Bloody Strawberry Gin and Tonic recipe is even better for summer, thanks to the berries and blood orange. If you can’t find that saturated citrus, just muddle one or two fresh strawberries into the mix—the riper the better. Or add a splash of that grenadine again.