It’s National Pink Day on June 23rd – and we’ll drink to that with these pink cocktails! These creations taste as good as they look, and they’re guaranteed to get you all the hearts on Instagram. Toast the day – or any day, really – with a pink drink (just don’t forget to take a picture before you take a sip). Not near any of these spots? OpenTable has you covered with more than 51,000 restaurants for any craving or occasion.
The Franklin, New Orleans, Louisiana
This Gibson is blushing. Its pinkish complexion comes courtesy of the housemade onion brine. You may get rosy-cheeked yourself if you order more than one of the pretty potables. Make a reservation at The Franklin.
Cuba Libre, Washington, D.C.
Sangria meet rosé. The pink drink is made with dry rosé, vodka, rum, guarapo (fresh pressed sugarcane juice), and three juices: pomegranate, grape, and lemon. Slightly effervescent and totally refreshing, it’s garnished with apple, grapes, strawberries, and an orange wedge. Make a reservation at Cuba Libre.
THE Blvd, Beverly Hills, California
The Feeling Pretty was inspired by Pretty Woman, which took place at the hotel. It’s made with Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne, vodka, peach liqueur, lemon juice, raspberries, and egg white. A rose petal adds a romantic finishing flourish. Make a reservation at THE Blvd.
OBC Kitchen, Lexington, Kentucky
Here’s a shout out to Dolly Parton. The bright pink Jolene margarita is made with blanco tequila, orange liqueur, charred jalapeño and prickly pear syrup, lime juice, and orange juice. Its beauty is beyond compare. Make a reservation at OBC Kitchen.
701West, New York, New York
The Tokyo Gibson features gin and dry vermouth, of course. Blueberry-sesame shrub and nori provide the savory elements. It all adds up to a delightful play on the classic. Make a reservation at 701West.
The Revelry, Rochester, New York
Caroline laughs, and it’s raining all day. That’s because she’s drinking a Pretty in Pink. Forged from Campari, Old Tom gin, lime juice, Amaro di Angostura, and egg white, it’s a dapper sipper. Make a reservation at The Revelry.
Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Lean in to Maria’s Repose. The pastel pink potable features Codigo blanco tequila, guava, Velvet Falernum, and rose alpine sage bitters. Perfect for hanging out and chilling out. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.
Ralph’s on the Park, New Orleans, Louisiana
The Ponchatoula Sidecar pays homage to Louisiana’s number one strawberry-producing county. Strawberry syrup is complemented by Grand Marnier and fresh lemon juice. It’s finished with a sugared rim and paper-thin strawberry slices. Make a reservation at Ralph’s on the Park.
Barbusa, San Diego, California
Say ciao to the Allegre. It’s made with Empress gin, St. Germaine, rosemary, grapefruit, lime, and Peychaud’s bitters. One sip and you’ll be tickled pink. Make a reservation at Barbusa.
Jimmy, New York, New York
Consider this cocktail your spring fling. The charming caipirinha features strawberry, rhubarb, and Avuá Prata cachaça. A ribbon of rhubarb puts a virtual bow on the seasonal sensation. Make a reservation at Jimmy.
The Brixton on 2nd, San Francisco, California
When they kick at your front door/How you gonna come? Meet the Guns of Brixton, which takes its name from a phenomenal Clash song (which you should listen to immediately if you don’t know it). It features bourbon, blood orange, amaretto, lemon, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters. Make a reservation at the Brixton on 2nd.
Osteria Via Stato, Chicago, Illinois
Drink pink. The Stella Rosa is handcrafted from Elena Walch Pinot Bianco, Cazadores blanco tequila, strawberry, lime juice, and a finishing splash of prosecco. It’ll sparkle on your palate. Make a reservation at Osteria Via Stato.
Red Star, Portland, Oregon
The Cosmo is reborn! This version features citrus vodka, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cold-pressed cranberry juice. The poppy pink sipper has a refreshing tart edge. Make a reservation at Red Star.
Ardyn, New York, New York
The Grapefruits of Wrath manages to be sweet, citrusy, spicy, and herbaceous. That’s because it’s made with vodka, pamplemousse liqueur, strawberry, basil, grapefruit, Fresno chili-infused agave. Just what you need to cool down when the mercury starts spiking up. Make a reservation at Ardyn.
True Food Kitchen, Bethesda, Maryland
The Juniper Rose just may make you feel in the pink. Yes, there’s a healthy-ish mix of ingredients in the glass: rose-infused gin, lime, grapefruit, and thyme. But it’s all about the dried rose petals on top, which are said to benefit the skin, relieve stress, and improve mood when consumed. Make a reservation at True Food Kitchen.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: @FOHNYC (Jimmy at The James); Denny Culbert (The Franklin); Grace Sager (The Brixton).