Jan 312010

A couple of the classics from the category “Duos and Trios” as described by Gary Regan.

Star, my trophy wife, hates the name of this drink, and it does look like Pepto Bismol, but the Pink Squirrel is tasty, dead easy to make, and rather low in alcohol, so a nice night cap. It is Star’s latest favorite drink.

It is quite pink, from the Crème de Noyaux (or, as DeKuyper now calls it, Creme de Almond), and the “squirrel” is because the other liquor, Crème de Cacao (aka Crème de Cocoa – at least they kept the accent), is also nutty. And squirrels like nuts. Get it? Yeah, cutesy, but get over that and give it a try.

Pink Squirrel:
1 oz Crème de Noyaux – light
1 oz Crème de Cacao
1 oz cream (or at least 1/2 & 1/2)

Shake well in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

One variation that tones down the pink a little bit is to use 1/2 oz light Crème de Noyaux and 1/2 oz of the dark version. There’s not a lot of difference in the taste of the two – I thought I tasted a little more warmth in the dark, but that may have been my imagination.

Personally, I like a little more voom in my drinks, so after I maker Star’s drink, I’ve been mixing up a Brandy Alexander for myself. Also dead simple to make.

Brandy Alexander:

2 oz Brandy
1 oz Crème de Noyaux – Dark

1 oz Cream (or 1/2 & 1/2)

dash ground nutmeg for garnish

Shake liquid ingredients well in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Top with nutmeg.

I place the nutmeg in the center of the glass, and sip around it, enjoying the aroma without the crunch. If this is a little too strong, cut the brandy by up to 1/2.