These pink cocktails catch your eye with every shade of pink! From dusty rose to fuchsia, these drinks are 100% delicious.
Need a rosy signature drink? There’s nothing more eye-catching than a Pink Cocktail! There are lots of drinks to choose from, from classic cocktails to modern spins. And they span the gamut of flavors (sweet tart to tangy) and color (pale pink to dusty rose to bright fuchsia). Use these as ideas for Valentine’s Day, a girls night, or really anytime you need a signature drink with a pop up color.
Here are all our best pink cocktails! Each one represents an all natural way to make a pink drink. Here are a few ways to add a rosy hue:
The most famous of all pink cocktails is the Cosmo! It’s got a brilliant pink color and tangy, refreshing flavor. It was at its height in the 1990’s (hello, Sex and the City) and sometimes makes purists roll their eyes. BUT! The Cosmo is a legit sour cocktail that’s worth drinking: the beautiful color is reason in itself.
Here’s a sophisticated pink cocktail that steals the show: the Clover Club! This classy drink stems back before Prohibition, but it’s just as en vogue today. Mix raspberry syrup or grenadine syrup with zingy lemon and gin to make a perfectly balanced sweet tart drink. A classic egg white foam gives a creamy body and frothy texture to each sip! This one’s just plain fun.
Here’s a sophisticated dusty pink cocktail that’s calling your name: the French martini! This martini is hardly related to the classic dry martini at all. It’s a fruity and balanced, featuring a fancy French black raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice. Each sip is so intriguing and nuanced, it’s hard to put the glass down! This one’s become a favorite over here.
This pale pink cocktail is cousin of the margarita: it's the Paloma! Changing the citrus from lime to grapefruit makes for a simple sour that’s sweet tart and refreshing. It’s perfect for happy hour drinks, or water it down and it could be a brunch drink too. The Paloma is traditionally made with grapefruit soda, but for an all natural spin this recipe uses grapefruit juice and soda water.
When it comes to retro cocktails, there’s no dessert drink more unique than the Pink Squirrel! This candy colored 1940's cocktail is a total indulgence. Creme de noyaux liqueur gives it the delicate pink color and an almond essence. It’s a bit of a specialty splurge, but it's well worth it for the melted ice cream flavor.
Here’s a 1920's cocktail that’s all about charm: the Mary Pickford! It's pleasantly sweet and sour from the grenadine and pineapple juice, with a slightly funky finish from the Maraschino. This one looks like it’s straightforward: but there’s more to this pretty pink drink than you’d expect.
If you love pink cocktails and you love sangria…then you must drop everything and make this now. The perfect Strawberry Sangria! Many American-style sangria recipes are just glorified fruit juice. But this one is Spanish style, full of nuance and character. The berries sing and the dry rosé notes peak through just enough. Serve it with a splash of sparkling water and a skewer of fruit, and it’s pretty darn perfect…we think.
Here’s a must-make pink drink that’s 100% worth seeking out a unique ingredient: Prickly Pear Margarita! Its shocking pink color is all natural, and comes from the prickly pear cactus. You’d think this bright of a drink would require artificial dyes, but this hue comes straight from nature. The flavor is even better than it looks: it’s sweet and fruity, with notes of raspberry and watermelon.
Want a pale pink cocktail with a salted rim that’s not a margarita? Enter, the Salty Dog! This cocktail’s got a unique name and a beautiful pale pink color. It’s really not anything like a margarita, aside from that salt rim! It’s tangy and refreshing, perfect as a brunch drink or for happy hour. It’s got a light summery vibe, but it works in winter when citrus abounds.
There’s nothing better than a perfectly pink, slushy wine drink...meet the ultimate frosé! Frose is frozen rosé wine; a mashup between a frozen cocktail and that quintessential summer wine. Many frosé recipes are saccharine sweet, and freezing the wine can remove some of its character. This frose is just sweet enough AND tastes like rosé wine.
This watermelon margarita recipe makes one bright pink cocktail that's tangy, sweet, and salty. Basically, it's the perfect drink! It's zesty from the lime and has just the right amount of sweetness from the watermelon (there's no added sugar!). Instead of salting the rim, the drink itself is salted. This gives it a complexity in flavor that makes you want to keep drinking it: so beware!
Last up: a dark pink cocktail that's full of tangy and floral flavor: St Germain and cranberry! St Germain is new to the scene, but this elderflower liqueur is a must have in your liquor cabinet. The unique flavor it brings to drinks is unlike any other. Made with vodka, cranberry and St Germain, this cocktail sweet tart with a bit of elderflower on the finish. It goes down very easily (so watch out!).
Here’s a unique pink cocktail that’s calling your name: the Hibiscus Margarita! This one is delicate pink and full of beautiful, floral flavor. The secret behind this drink? The hibiscus flower! It makes one lovely pink syrup that makes the most delightful cocktails. It’s one of those drinks where you shout Wow! after the first sip.
Place the vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold. Strain the liquid into a martini glass.
Squeeze with the lime wedge and serve, garnished with a lime wheel if desired.
*If you have it, use citron vodka for the most authentic Cosmo: in this case you can omit the lemon juice. In our tests we found it was just as tasty to use standard vodka with lemon juice, so you don’t have to buy another type of vodka.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.