What Are Pink Squirrels?

by Emma LaGrone ; Updated September 28, 2017

The pink squirrel is a pink cocktail that is normally served in a cocktail glass.

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


To make a pink squirrel, you need 1 oz. of Creme de Noyaux, 1 oz. of Creme de Cacao, 1 oz. of half and half and vanilla ice cream. You can use as much as two scoops of vanilla ice cream or as little as 1 tbsp. Blend all ingredients together with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Cocktail Glass

Serve a pink squirrel in a cocktail glass that is designed to hold chilled cocktails. Most cocktails are aromatic, and the glass design allows you to hold the cocktail by the stem, keeping you from warming the drink with your hand, and allowing the glass to come close enough to your face to be smelled. Standard cocktail glasses hold 4 1/2 to 6 oz.

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 ingredients listed in the recipe above. In the '60s, the Creme de Cacao was removed from the official bar recipe.

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About the Author

Emma LaGrone is a professional writer who lives in Texas and graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a journalism degree in 2006. She began her career as a freelance writer with community newspapers in the Edinburg and San Antonio, Texas areas. LaGrone currently works for a weekly community newspaper in San Antonio and specializes in community business reporting.