Let’s talk facts. Each year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer; one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.
Even men are affected, although in smaller numbers. And, beyond those diagnosed, there are millions of people affected because of their loved one’s illness. Each year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month spreads the word about this disease. Bars around the country have, once again, stepped forward with pink drinks, proceeds from which benefit various charities and research organizations. We never need a reason to raise a glass, but sometimes, the motivation is inspired.
Pink Lotus Cocktail
Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel, New York
This drink was conceived as part of the hotel’s current art installation, PINK LOTUS, the work of artist Grimanesa Amaros in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The rpice includes a $5 donation to benefit SHARE.
- 2 oz. Absolut Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Brandied Cherry Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
- Splash Yellow Chartreuse
Preparation: In a shaker with ice, combine Absolut vodka, brandied cherry syrup, lemon juice and a splash of yellow Chartreuse. Shake, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a lemon twist or color coordinating flower if you have one.
Sparkling Ice Sip Pink for the Cure Cocktail
Courtesy of Sparkling Ice
This pink grapefruit-flavored sparkling water has a mission. In concert with their campaign, “Imagine a World Without Breast Cancer,” they display a pink ribbon all year long on the bottle and annually donates a minimum of $25,000 to research and $100,000 to local affiliates and communities nationwide.
- 3 oz. Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
- 1 1/2 oz. Vodka, such as Wybrowka
- Lime Wedge
- Sliced Fresh Jalapeño
- Chili Salt for Rim of Glass (Kosher Salt/Chili Powder Mix)
Preparation: Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture. Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker. Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass. Top with Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. Garnish with a few Jalapeno slice.
PINK Limoncello’s La Rosa Ola (The Pink Wave)
Created by Nate Shuman
- 1 1/2 oz. Reposado Tequila, such as Pura Vida
- 3/4 oz. Pink Limoncello
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
- 3/4 oz. Raspberry-Seranno Syrup (Recipe Below)
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- Ginger Beer Topper
- Raspberry and Orange Zest Ribbon, for Garnish
Preparation: Shake all ingredients except ginger beer in a shaker tin until very very cold. Strain into coupe rimmed with salt blend (alder wood smoked and Hawaiian pink salt), top with ginger beer, garnish with raspberry and orange zest ribbon.
- 5 Serrano Peppers
- 1qt. Hot Water
- 1qt. Granulated Sugar
- 1qt. Raspberry Purée
Preparation: Slice and muddle 5 medium serrano peppers. Combine with water and sugar. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Remove from stove and let cool. Strain out peppers and add raspberry syrup.
Hard Rock’s Wildberry Smoothie
This non-alcoholic drink is part of Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER campaign with a portion of proceeds being donated to BCRF and The Caron Keating Foundation.
- 3 oz. Monin Wildberry Syrup
- 3 oz. Orange Juice
- 4 oz. HRC Scratch Pina Colada Mix (for At-Home Mixing, Purchase Your Favorite Brand)
- 1 Ripe Banana
- Pineapple Leaf and Wedge, for Garnish
Preparation: Blend all ingredients together and pour into serving glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and pineapple wedge.
Smell the Roses
Courtesy of 430 Duval, La Concha Key West
A portion of the drink’s proceeds will benefit Zonta of Key West ABC Walk, in support of Key West’s community providing free mammograms.
- 1 1/2 oz Grey Goose Vodka
- 1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- Dash of Chateau d’Esclan Whispering Angel Rosé
Preparation: Shake Grey Goose and St. Germain until chilled. Top with Chateau d’Esclan. Garnish with edible flower.
Cocktails from Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami
As part of their Embrace the Cure campaign, Turnberry Isle will be featuring unique cocktails in each of its destination bars and restaurants.
Courtesy of Corsair by Scott Connant
- 1 1/2 oz. Peach Vodka, such as Van Gogh
- 1/2 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
- Fresh Strawberries (1 Each)
- Muddled basil (3 Leaves)
- Topped with Prosecco (Splash)
Preparation: Muddle strawberries and basil in Old Fashioned glass. Add large ice cube. Add vodka and maraschino. Stir to combine. Top with prosecco.
Cheers to the Cure
Courtesy of Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak
- 1 oz. Maker’s Mark Bourbon
- 1 oz. Strawberry-Basil Simple Syrup
- 1 oz. Cocchi Americano
- Club Soda, to Top
- Basil Leaf, for Garnish
Preparation: Combine bourbon, syrup and Cocchi in a mixing glass. Stir to chill and strain into an Old Fashioned glass with ice. Top with club soda and basil leaf.
Courtesy of Lobby Lounge
- 1 oz. White Rum, Such as Plantation
- 1 tbsp. Cherry Brandy
- 6 Mint Leaves
- 1/2 Lime, Cut into Wedges
- 2 tsp. Sugar (Simple) Syrup
- Raspberry Pureé
- Soda Water to Top
- Raspberry and Mint Sprig for Garnish
Preparation: Muddle the mint leaves, lime wedges and simple syrup in a Collins-type glass. Add rum, cherry brandy, pureé, and sodas water. Stir to combine. Garnish with raspberry and mint.