Cool, refreshingly sweet and... pink!
Grab your netted hats and white gloves, folks. We’ve got a 1950’s throwback cocktail so sweet, it’s named after a dainty forest pixie.
The Pink Squirrel is a half milkshake, half amaretto-scented wonder drink. Made with vanilla ice cream, crème de cacao, and ruby red Crème de Noyaux, it mixes up quick into a sweet and creamy sipper.
Here’s the catch: Crème de Noyaux is almond-flavored. But it’s actually made from the kernels found within apricot seeds. Because the kernels of the seed can contain trace amounts of cyanide, it’s often hard to find bottles of the stuff in liquor stores. If your state is anything like mine, a hunt through three different shops could leave you Noyaux-less.
Not to worry! Whether you can get your pretty, gloved fingers on a bottle of the real stuff, or need to opt for a Pink-Squirrel swap instead, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s how to make this creamy, blush-colored cocktail with or without the Noyaux.
Start with your booze. Crème de Cacao and Crème de Noyaux. Though if you can’t find the Noyaux, you can use amaretto liqueur and some grenadine to match the color and flavor of noyaux.
You’ll also want serious vanilla ice cream. Get the good stuff, it matters. This recipe mixes each of the liqueurs at one part, and the ice cream at two parts. So depending on how many batches you want, make sure you’ve got boatloads of the creamy stuff.
Final garnish touch—completely optional, but too cute to actually be optional—pink cherries. Some grocery stores carry these, but you can also nab them on Amazon and ship them direct to your front door. Of course you want to do that. Because pink cherries.
Now, because we’re going full-speed ahead with the cute pink cocktail, why not rim it in pink, too? Grab some corn syrup, slide it across the top of each martini glass, and dip in pink sprinkles. You want this.
Now blend the booze and ice cream together. And pour. It’s so easy being pink.
Garnish away. A pink straw is a good start. Then, pierce a pink cherry with your favorite party skewers.
The final result? Pretty Pink Squirrels. Just begging to be sipped.
Enjoy and share. Or share and enjoy. Or just enjoy. Because heaven knows you could suck down a whole blender of this stuff all by your lonesome.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!