Refreshing pink flamingo cocktail garnish with lime wedge
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Pink Flamingo Cocktail

It’s pink, it’s pretty, it’s tart, and it’s fizzy. The Pink Flamingo is a charming and delightful rum cooler that’s perfect for those hot summer days. Served over lots of ice and with a fun lime twist, this is a cocktail that was born to be the center of attention. 

About and History

The Pink Flamingo cocktail is indeed a super fun, flirty, and summery drink that gives us all the vacation vibes we so desperately crave in the middle of a summer workweek. As far as a cocktail goes, this one does not have much of a history.

Many bartenders and mixologists (both professional and otherwise) have their own versions of what this drink really is. 

Our version today sticks to simple, classic ingredients, which makes it easier for you to create it in your own home. However, some bartenders like to mix things up. You may even find some recipes that look nothing like the one we’re talking about today – yet they use the same fun name. 

While our recipe sticks to run, lime juice, and grapefruit soda, other recipes use ingredients like vodka, triple sec, gin, orange juice, soda water, and more. If you search the internet, you’d be hard-pressed to find two Pink Flamingo recipes that look exactly the same.

But that’s the fun in creating new and exciting recipes! The truth is, you can mix a wide variety of fruit juices and alcohol, so long as you love the flavor. In the end, the only expectation we have is the color. Because if you’re going to make a Pink Flamingo, it better be pink. 

Ingredients

If you’re looking to try the Pink Flamingo cocktail, you will need to gather the following ingredients: 

  • 3 oz. pink grapefruit soda
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. Banks 5-Island rum 
  • 1 lime wheel or twist for garnish

Just a few simple ingredients, and you’re on your way to a tropical getaway in a glass. 

How to Make a Pink Flamingo Cocktail

Making a Pink Flamingo is super easy; simply follow the steps below: 

  1. Combine the rum and the lime juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake the ingredients together until well combined and chilled. 
  2. Strain the mixture into a highball glass over fresh ice. 
  3. Top the remainder of the glass with grapefruit soda to fill. 
  4. Garnish the drink with either a lime wheel or a long lime twist, and it’s time to enjoy! 

Not only will this drink cool you off, but it’s easy to make in bulk and serve for parties. If you’re looking for a drink with a little more punch packed into it, you can try adding one ounce of vodka to it as well. 

Some recipes also call for a splash of orange juice, which gives the flavor a bit of an upgrade – especially if you don’t like grapefruit juice. 

You can also add a pineapple chunk as a fun garnish and add a colorful umbrella with a straw to make your drink feel extra tropical.

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