What Are Pink Squirrels?


A frothy, pink, alcoholic beverage, a pink squirrel is normally served in a cocktail glass, which is similar to a martini glass, but deeper. It is an intensely sweet drink comprised mostly of liqueurs and ice cream. It dates back to the 1940s, but it has declined in popularity since the 1980s.

Basic Pink Squirrel Recipe

  • To make a pink squirrel, you need 1 part creme de noyaux, 1 part of creme de cacao, 1 part half-and-half and a scoop vanilla ice cream. You can use as much as two scoops of vanilla ice cream or as little as 1 tablespoon. Blend all ingredients together with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Pink Squirrel Variations

  • Variations include using cream instead of ice cream and half-and-half and adding vodka. This will make a less sweet drink that might appeal to modern palates. Some bars serve the cocktail with whipped cream on top. If go the whipped cream route, drizzle some extra creme de noyaux over the top.

Creme de Noyaux

  • Creme de noyaux is what gives the pink squirrel its trademark pink color. It is an almond-flavored liqueur, made from apricot pits. Many companies produce the liqueur with artificial red coloring because it is so commonly used in making of pink squirrels. Though the liquid is red, when blended with the other ingredients, it softens to give the drink its pink color.


  • The pink squirrel is said to have been invented at Bryant's Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. According to current bar staff, the drink was invented in 1941 using the basic ingredients. In the 1960s, the creme de cacao was removed from the official bar recipe.

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