Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

The ’50s mark the golden age of the cocktail party, evoking images of glamorous women in sexy black dresses, martini in hand, slinking around with sophisticated, chain-smoking, white-jacketed Don Drapers.

This week’s cocktail is neither glamorous nor sophisticated, but fun and classic in its own way. And… it’s pink! And named after a small rodent! What’s not to love?

Invented (so the story goes) at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, the Pink Squirrel highlights crème de noyaux, a little-known liqueur made from the pits of stone fruits that tastes vaguely of almonds, and crème de cacao. Some recipes call for ice cream rather than heavy cream, so if that’s your jam, go for it.

The Pink Squirrel



1.5 oz. crème de noyaux*
1.5 oz. crème de cacao
1.5 oz. heavy cream


Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry if desired. You’re ready to roll with Don Draper!

*If you can’t find it, try Amaretto.

Have you ever had a pink squirrel? Would you ever try one? What’s your favorite pink food or drink?

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