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Pink Squirrel

Welcome to the colorful and delicious journey of making a Pink Squirrel cocktail. This drink is not just a treat for the eyes with its vibrant pink color, but it’s also a delight for the taste buds. As a bartender who loves to mix up something unique and fun, the Pink Squirrel stands out for its creamy texture and sweet taste. It’s a classic that deserves a spot on every cocktail lover’s list.

Tasting Notes

The Pink Squirrel is a creamy and sweet cocktail with a hint of nuttiness from the almond-flavored liqueur. Its smooth texture and the combination of cream with the nutty and chocolate flavors make it a dessert-like drink. The vibrant pink color adds a playful touch, making it not only delicious but also visually appealing.


  • 1 oz Crème de Noyaux (almond-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 oz white crème de cacao
  • 2 oz heavy cream


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour the Crème de Noyaux, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream into the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain the mix into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg
  6. Enjoy your Pink Squirrel!

Pro Tips

  • For a thicker and creamier texture, use full-fat heavy cream.
  • Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving to keep your drink cooler for longer.
  • If you like your cocktails sweet, adjust the amount of crème de cacao to taste.

When to Serve

The Pink Squirrel is perfect for dessert after a lovely dinner or at a themed party. Its sweet, creamy nature makes it an excellent choice for celebrations or a cozy night in. It’s also a fantastic pick for Valentine’s Day or any occasion that calls for something special and a bit out of the ordinary.

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Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best Pink Squirrel, go for quality brands. Luxardo or Hiram Walker makes an excellent Crème de Noyaux. For the white crème de cacao, Tempus Fugit offers a great option that’s rich in flavor. Choosing high-quality brands will ensure your cocktail is delicious and memorable.

Similar Cocktails

  1. Grasshopper – Minty and creamy, perfect for those who love a refreshing twist.
  2. Brandy Alexander – Offers a blend of brandy and chocolate, for a richer taste.
  3. Golden Cadillac – A smooth mix of Galliano, crème de cacao, and cream.
  4. White Russian – Coffee-flavored, for those who enjoy a kick with their cream.
  5. Alexander – A gin-based creamy classic with a hint of chocolate.


The Pink Squirrel is a mid-20th century creation, believed to have originated in a Milwaukee cocktail lounge. It gained popularity quickly for its unique color and sweet, creamy flavor, becoming a staple in American cocktail culture. It’s a nostalgic cocktail that brings back the charm of vintage mixology with a modern twist.


Is there a substitute for creme de noyaux in a Pink Squirrel?

If you can’t find creme de noyaux, you can substitute it with amaretto or raspberry liqueur. However, keep in mind that the substitution will alter the flavor and color of the drink.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version?
Yes, substitute the liqueurs with almond and chocolate syrups and mix with cream.

Is it gluten-free?
Most ingredients in a Pink Squirrel are gluten-free, but always check the labels of your liqueurs to be sure.

Can I use milk instead of heavy cream?
While you can use milk for a lighter version, heavy cream gives the Pink Squirrel its signature creamy texture.

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How can I make it vegan?
Use coconut cream or any non-dairy milk and vegan-friendly chocolate and almond-flavored syrups.

The Pink Squirrel is more than just a drink; it’s an experience. Its sweet, creamy flavor, combined with a unique nuttiness and striking color, makes it a perfect choice for those looking to try something different. Whether you’re winding down after a long day or hosting a party, the Pink Squirrel promises to add a touch of fun and elegance to your evening. Enjoy crafting this delightful cocktail, and cheers to a sweet sip of bliss!

Pink Squirrel

Pink Squirrel

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 oz white crème de cacao
  • 1 oz crème de Noyaux
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Gather all the ingredients, a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and a chilled coupe glass
  2. Combine the crème de Noyaux, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream into the shaker
  3. Shake vigorously until well-chilled
  4. Strain and pour into the chilled coupe glass
  5. Garnish with mint sprig

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Pink Squirrel
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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