Dramatic ombré coloration isn’t just for hairdressers and wedding cake bakers. It’s also for bartenders. In fact, drink makers were creating colorful, tone-shifting cocktails long before Kim Kardashian and Drew Barrymore were making waves with their dyed locks. Here are seven gorgeous ombré drinks you can make at home.
7 Stunning Ombré Cocktails You Can Make at Home
This beertail is a simple, two-ingredient cocktail made with equal parts beer and cider. In its U.K. home, it’s traditionally made with lager. But here in the States, it’s usually made with a dark stout like Guinness, which gives it a strong flavor as well as a stunning two-tone look. For even more color, add a dash or two of blackcurrant liqueur.
Lager or Stout
This take on a Mai Tai from Villanelle in NYC is made with three types of rum: white, spiced and Batavia Arrack (a Javanese rum relative made from sugarcane and fermented red rice). The spiced rum comes as a float at the end, creating a striking two-tone tropical cocktail.
Essentially a craft version of a traditional Sex on the Beach, this drink from The Automatic in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is topped with a float of quality cranberry juice. At the bar, they juice their own fresh cranberries, but home bartenders can opt for the best bottled stuff they can find at the store.
It’s right there in the name: This drink looks like a beautiful sunrise (or sunset, depending on how you party). The cocktail gets its signature coloration from a half-ounce of grenadine, and it’s even better (and redder) if you make your own grenadine at home (it’s easy).
This day drinking-ready riff on a Cobra’s Fang from Nitecap in NYC is made with a slew of classic tiki ingredients like vanilla syrup, overproof rum and passionfruit syrup. But it’s the float of Angostura bitters that give it the ombré effect and a delicious, earthy balance.
Pineau des Charentes
Passion Fruit Mix
Flaming cinnamon stick
Before you stir up this easy aperitif, take a moment to appreciate its dual-toned beauty. Then go ahead and mix it up and take a sip. Then take a gulp. This low-proof cocktail is so, so good.
Two great cocktails in one, the Miami Vice is a frozen Strawberry Daiquiri layered on top of a Piña Colada. As the cocktail sits, the pink bleeds into the slushy white, creating a tie-dyed beachy masterpiece.
Light and Dark Rum