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8 Pink Drinks That Rosé Haters Will Love

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If you see a pink drink in a bar these days, you can bet your rosé-spiked doughnuts that it’s a rosé wine-based cocktail. It’s a sad sight for people who love the color pink but hate rosé—or at least prefer to drink the wine straight and not in cocktail form. To them we say, there are plenty of pink fish in the sea. Grab yourself one of these pink drinks that don’t have a drop of rosé in sight.

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While Pink Squirrel could easily be the name of a trendy but uber-basic rosé brand, it’s actually a cocktail that’s very different from the rosy-hued wine they sip out in the Hamptons. The dessert cocktail is made from crème de noyaux, white crème de cacao and enough heavy cream to make the lactose-intolerant recoil. It’s even topped with a skewer of several maraschino cherries, in case anyone had doubts about its dessert status.

The Essentials

crème de noyaux
white crème de cacao
cream
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Granted, you could make a pinker Martini than our version, but we don’t think it would taste nearly as good as this juicy grapefruit and pomegranate variation. The fruits, combined with vodka and fresh lime juice, turn the drink a subtle rouge but don’t let it veer into saccharine territory.

The Essentials

grapefruit juice
vodka
lime juice
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Move over Frosé—this classic blended drink is back to steal the spotlight. Pink lemonade is swirled with gin, ice cream and frozen strawberries to give it some raw fruit power. That's not brain freeze you're feeling; it's revelation that this is the true pink slushie.

The Essentials

Gin
Frozen Pink Lemonade
Frozen Strawberries
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Accustomed to low-ABV rosé-tails, people often expect all pink drinks to sit low on the boozy totem pole. But the fierce Pink Lady—in which gin and applejack split the heavy lifting—carries more boozy weight than you might expect, as well as a deeper flavor than any other pink drink on this list.

The Essentials

Gin
Applejack
Grenadine
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This prickly pear-infused pink drink proves that manly men can drink bright pink cocktails too. And it’s not just bold in color and name; the contents live up to the vivacious exterior. Reposado tequila and ginger beer add weight and fizz to the fruity flavors of pear syrup and lime juice. When someone calls out for guapo, try not to blush as brightly as your cocktail—someone’s just having what you’re having.

The Essentials

Tequila
Pear Syrup
Ginger beer
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Fans of dry rosé who avoid cocktails made with the vino because of the added sugar may find themselves drawn to this drink. A dash of grenadine is all that’s needed to turn the entire drink an attractive pink, while a mixture of dry gin, cream and lemon keeps the cocktail elegant and balanced.

The Essentials

gin
grenadine
cream
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Deep red rhubarb and blanco tequila meet somewhere in the middle of the color spectrum in this rosy Margarita. It’s even rimmed with pink hibiscus salt for added color and floral flavor. Inside the drink, elderflower-packed St-Germain and rosemary (in the rhubarb syrup) combine with the vibrant stalks to create a veritable vegetable garden of flavor.

The Essentials

blanco tequila
St-Germain
rhubarb and rosemary syrup
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When you think of a pink drink, you probably think of the Cosmo. Long before the reign of rosé, the Cosmopolitan was queen. But long before the Cosmo could give you a toothache or a reputation as a frivolous drinker, it was actually a well-balanced cocktail. Our version comes straight from The Odeon circa 1987, where it was probably invented, and balances Absolut Citron with Cointreau, cranberry and lime.

The Essentials

Citrus Vodka
Cointreau
Cranberry Juice

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