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

Pink Lotus

Photo Courtesy of the Peninsula Hotel

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.


Sip Pink

Sip Pink for the Cure

Photo Courtesy of the Sparkling Ice

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.


The Pink Wave

The Pink Wave

Photo Courtesy of PINK Limoncello

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.

Raspberry-Serrano Syrup

  • 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.


Wild Berry Smoothie

Wild Berry Smoothie

Photo Courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Smell the Roses

Photo Courtesy of La Concha Key West

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Pink Lady

Pink Lady

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Pink Lady

Courtesy of Corsair by Scott Connant

Ingredients:

  • 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

Cheers to the Cure

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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.


Pink Mojito

Pink Mojito

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Pink Mojito

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.