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DRINK, HOSPITALITY Happy Birthday Drink for a Woman/Pink Squirrel


Occasionally while tending bar a woman will ask if I have a specialty drink.

“What’s your name?”


“I’ll make you an Erica.”


1 1/2  oz. DiSarrono Originale

3/4 oz White Creme de Cacao

2 oz Milk

2 dots Grenadine

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled 1/2 with ice.

Shake vigorously until the frost line climbs to the top of the shaker.

Break and pour into a martini glass.

Garnish with a cherry pierced by a swizzle stick across the top of the gl;ass.

The color should be that of the Pink Panther cartoon

(Dirty joke optional).

In matter of strict fact this is a variation of the Pink Squirrel.  The classic Pink Squirrel was made with Creme de Noyeaux a pecan based liqueur.  (Southern Comfort is a pecan-based liqueur).

The amaretto provides the “nut” for the squirrel to mix a metaphor as well as a cocktail.

Amarettto became popular in the United States following WWII as Italian-Americans’ upward mpobility lead to restaurant ownership.  In 2001 Amaretto DiSarrono began marketing itself as DiSarrono Originale .

This cocktail is sweet and pink. For the best visual effect try to position it underneath a pinspot to highlight the soft pinkness of the alcoholic confection and maximize the gratuity potential.

In many instances this drink is ordered by the boyfriend/date/some guy for his girlfriend/date/whatever in order to ingratiate himself with the woman who will be drinking it.  Girls nights out are also a window of sales opportunity.

My experience is that every guest will enjoy  a drink named for them.


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