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Pink Squirrel

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The uniquely colored pink squirrel is an ice cream cocktail popular in supper clubs around Wisconsin that is flavored with almond and chocolate liqueurs. Makes 2 cocktails.

Two pink squirrel cocktails in coupe glasses rimmed with heart sprinkles.

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What I love about pink squirrel cocktail

We’ve already made it to the second cocktail in The Supper Club Series. No surprise there though. We do like a cocktail or two here in Wisconsin. While the brandy old fashioned is more of a Wisconsin staple, the pink squirrel, isn’t quite as ubiquitous throughout the state, but it is still a supper club classic.

It’s actually an ice cream cocktail, very similar to a brandy alexander, but not quite as strong. And, definitely a different color. It’s a pretty little cocktail to sip as an after dinner drink or if you’re in the mood for dessert in cocktail form.

Overhead shot of a pink squirrel cocktail in a coupe glass

Here’s what you’ll need to make them

  • Creme de noyaux
  • White creme de cacao
  • Vanilla ice cream
Two pink squirrel cocktails in coupe glasses rimmed with heart sprinkles.

How do you make pink squirrels?

Mise en place. Since you’re working with a frozen ingredient, I recommend getting everything ready and measured before you begin to blend. Rim your glasses, get your ingredients all in one place and be ready to pour and serve once your pink squirrels are blended.

Blend your ingredients. Combine all your ingredients in the blender. I normally add my liquid first to make things blender more easily. Blend until everything is smooth and uniform in color.

The texture will not be super thick like a milkshake (more like a super cold, frothy cocktail). If you want your pink squirrels to be thicker, I would suggest adding an additional scoop or two of ice cream before you blend.

Close up overhead shot of a pink squirrel in a coupe glass garnished with pink, red and white heart sprinkles.

FAQs and tips on making pink squirrel cocktails

Where was the pink squirrel invented?

It was originally made at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This unique drink dates back to the 1950s.

What can you substitute for creme de noyaux?

If you are unable to find this liqueur, you can substitute amaretto or another almond liqueur.

Two pink squirrel cocktails rimmed with heart sprinkles in coupe glasses on a counter with a cherry and a cocktail jigger on the counter.

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Pink Squirrel

The uniquely colored pink squirrel is an ice cream cocktail popular in supper clubs around Wisconsin that is flavored with almond and chocolate liqueurs. Makes 2 cocktails.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 ounces creme de noyaux
  • 3 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 45 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Sprinkles (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Rim coupe glasses with sprinkles. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth and uniform in color.
  3. Pour into rimmed glasses and serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 1378
  • Sugar: 106.2 g
  • Sodium: 264.1 mg
  • Fat: 69.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 44.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 145.5 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 19.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 393.8 mg

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