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7 Pink Cocktails That Actually Taste Good

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Pink drinks have a bit of a nasty reputation: All too often they’re too sweet, unbalanced, and come with embarrassing names you’d only feel comfortable ordering on spring break. But these stereotypes aren’t always true. In fact, even the most infamous pink drink—the Cosmopolitan—can be perfectly balanced when made with the right ingredients in the right proportions. Try mixing up one of these amazing pink cocktails and get ready to have your perception of pink drinks change for good.

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With the same name as your favorite 1950s girl gang, it should come as no surprise that the Pink Lady is edgier than its innocent name would imply. London Dry gin comes together with potent Laird’s applejack, fresh lemon, grenadine (use a homemade one for a natural, tart flavor) and egg whites for a drink that’s definitely girly—if by girly you mean bold, beautiful and badass.

The Essentials

Gin
Applejack
Grenadine
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The prickly pear has a naturally neon pink hue, giving cocktails an equally vibrant color and flavor. Bartenders at Houston bar Stones Throw turn the desert pear into a syrup and mix it with reposado tequila, lime juice and spicy ginger beer for a mouth puckeringly sour cocktail that’s so bright, it puts your Lisa Frank notebook to shame.

The Essentials

Tequila
Pear Syrup
Ginger beer
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One of the oldest American cocktails there is, the Knickerbocker proves that people were into pink drinks long before they were Instagramming #RoséAllDay. This icy cocktail is made with gold rum, fresh lime, curaçao and raspberry ratafia (feel free to swap in Chambord liqueur), and garnished with a skewer of fresh raspberries.

The Essentials

Rum
Lime Juice
Raspberry Liqueur
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The only way to make watermelon even more refreshing is to turn the summer fruit into a slurpable slushie cocktail. Damien Del Rio of Loosie Rouge in Brooklyn serves this fruity riff on a Caipirinha, which mixes hydrating watermelon juice with cachaça, fresh lime and vanilla syrup. The frozen pink cocktail is super simple to blend up by the pitcherful to share with friends on a lazy afternoon.

The Essentials

Cachaça
watermelon juice
Vanilla syrup
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This cocktail tastes exactly like liquified strawberry rhubarb pie: sweet, tart and bursting with fruity flavor. Use fresh strawberries to create a strawberry syrup, then shake it up with London Dry gin, dry vermouth, fresh lemon juice and Zucca Rabarbaro—an Italian amaro that replicates rhubarb’s bitter flavor—yielding a perfectly balanced dessert-inspired cocktail.

The Essentials

London Dry Gin
Zucca
Strawberry syrup
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Rosé is a no-brainer for anyone who loves a pretty in pink drink, but there’s more than just Frosé. For this elegant cocktail, Justin Law of San Francisco’s Horsefeather transforms rosé into a syrup made with honey and dried herbs de Provence. He stirs the syrup with vodka, lime and crème de noyaux, and tops everything off with soda water for a lightly effervescent, juicy and floral rosé wine-tail.

The Essentials

Rosé Syrup
Vodka
Crème de Noyaux
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No flavor of La Croix inspires such fervent devotion as Pamplemousse, and this thirst quenching cocktail is sure to put those fans over the edge. Inspired by both the Aperol Spritz and the Paloma, this cocktail mixes grapefruit soda with mezcal, Aperol and St-Germain, along with fresh grapefruit and lime juices, creating a bright, low-proof sipper that you can enjoy all day long.

The Essentials

Mezcal
Aperol
La Croix Pamplemousse

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