Sips…with a Twist

On the coat tails of Holley’s post yesterday, I thought it would be fun to round up some pink drinks.

From A Beautiful Mess, look at these Pink Lemonade Jello Shots!

They give you a recipe for “lemonade” using vodka, pink lemonade, unflavored gelatin, and Deep Eddies Lemon Vodka. Yum. But, you might be able to concoct a non-alcoholic version with plain lemonade and gelatin.

In fact, if you need a kid-friendly pink lemonade recipe, here is one from The Cooking Bride.  This is the kind you make using a simple syrup on the stove and mix in fresh squeezed lemon juice, then add a smidge of cranberry juice to make it pink. Central Market always has the freshest selection of lemons. Meyer lemons are my absolute favorite for making lemonade.

Look at this confection…Very Pink Raspberry Cosmopolitan from Creative Culinary. That luscious pink color is divine!

Calling for raspberries and their juice and raspberry liqueur, vodka and simple syrup, garnished with a rim of pink sugar crystals…it makes me want to sit on a recliner and be fanned by a cabana boy holding a palm frond.

And last, from Tell me Tuesday, a Rosemary, Grapefruit and Gin cocktail. You make a simple syrup using rosemary, then add in dry Gin and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.   Here’s a tip:  If you are going to prepare drinks that call for “fresh squeezed” purchase the juice from a place like Central Market that really makes it fresh and not from concentrate.  Don’t use canned juice.  I mean, you can, but the result of a super-fresh cocktail that tastes clean won’t be the same with juice from concentrate. Trust Mrs. Twist on this.

If you don’t know how to make a simple syrup, you need to learn.  It’s not hard.  Here’s a how-to video link here.  It will keep in the fridge for up to a month.  Just put it into a mason jar and it will be ready for whenever you want to whip up one of these delicious cocktails.

Check out my other Just a Sip cocktail ideas on my Pinterest board (there’s over 300 recipes).  Cheers to Pink!