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think pink
beyond the cosmopolitan

by Yee-Fan Sun

Yeah, yeah: I love a good cosmo too. It's a little sweet, a little tart; it's the perfect pretty shade of pink. But seriously, don't you get just the tiniest bit tired of serving up the same old same old cocktails to your guests? The next time you're playing host, expand your drink offerings just a smidge. Try one of these tasty variations on a theme of pink…

Invented in the 90s by San Francisco bartender Paul Harrington, who coauthored the excellent Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century, the Jasmine isn't nearly as girly a drink as its pretty pink hue would suggest. The Campari gives this drink a bitter edge that's perfectly set off by the tartness of the lemon juice; the result is a delicious, sophisticated grapefruity cocktail.

1.5 oz gin
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/4 oz Campari
3/4 oz lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a good shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

kretchma cocktail
Here's a pink drink for those who like their cocktails to go down nice and easy.

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. white crème de cacao
½ oz. lemon juice
dash o' grenadine

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake it up, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

pomegranate martini
Ever since Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice started gracing juice aisles, it seems that pomegranate-based cocktails have become quite the hip drinks du jour. This pomegranate martini showcases the sweet-tart goodness of the fruit.

2 oz. vodka
1 oz. pomegranate juice
½ oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. simple syrup

Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a sprig of mint or lemon wheel.


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