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Friday Cocktail

Pink Pussycat

Try something new and different this Friday, a Pink Pussycat.  It’s the cat’s meow!

Okay, this cocktail—though it seems like it would be—isn’t a classic cocktail.  It’s a far more recent creation, and as such, a quick online search will uncover a myriad of recipes.  So which is the correct one?  That’s really hard to say, and it may come down to personal preference.

What you’ll (basically) need:  Gin, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine

Put cubed ice in your glass (a rocks or highball glass will do), and add in the dash (or two) of grenadine.  Then pour in 1 1/2 ounces of gin and fill your glass with pineapple juice (about 3 ounces, depending on the glass).  You may mix up the gin and pineapple juice in a shaker first—it froths up the pineapple juice nicely—but it’s not necessary.

It’s worth noting that some recipes replace the gin with vodka, and others call for the addition of grapefruit juice.  These appears to be the most consistent variations.  If you do use grapefruit juice, mix 1 1/2 ounces each of pineapple and grapefruit juice to add to your drink.

Optionally, garnish your cocktail with a slice of pineapple, and maybe a maraschino cherry.

How I like it:  Not having tried every variation out there, it’s difficult to say.  However, for my version, I used more than the dash of grenadine.  I used 1/2 ounce.  That’s why the pictured drink looks more orangey than pink, I suppose.  I also do believe I prefer the simpler version with just pineapple juice.  One tastes the pineapple juice first with an undercurrent of the gin and grenadine, making for a nice refreshing cocktail best enjoyed before the colder weather arrives.  And of course, for me, it’s gin over vodka anytime.

Cats have nine lives; you don’t.  Drink responsibly!

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