On the website for Bryant's Lounge in Milwaukee, it states the Pink Squirrel was created by Bryant Sharp in 1941. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, the Pink Squirrel was created as a promotional gimmick:

"In the early ’50s, one liquor company hired a sexy female to walk into bars with a pink squirrel attached to a leash. The foxy lady was promoting the “Pink Squirrel” cocktail, a viscous concoction made with pink almond liqueur and creme de cacao."

Wherever it came from it's pretty much considered a classic "girly" drink because of its pink color and sweetness. At Bryant's it was originally made with equal parts Crème de Noyaux, (an "almond flavored" liqueur made from apricot pits), crème de cacao and ice cream, though later the crème de cacao was omitted. Supposedly, this is the way Bryant's still serves their Pink Squirrels.

Decent Crème de Noyaux is difficult to find so I grabbed my Amaretto, approached from a different, healthier, angle and went down a boozy almond, chocolate, yogurt and strawberry smoothie road. Yes, I added the crème de cacao back in because - hey - chocolate, BUT it's still a nice, girly pink boozy shake of a drink.


1 Oz Amaretto
1 Oz Crème de Cacao
1 Oz Organic Vanilla Yogurt
3 Strawberries
1/2 Cup Ice

Tools: Blender

Glass: Martini or Coupe

Blend with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
To make my Pink Squirrel smoother in texture I blended it, froze it, then blended again.
Despite being male, my cocktail wingman, Bailey, loved it.

The Pink Squirrel is a perfect cocktail for National Squirrel Appreciation Day on January 21st.

Updated 1-2019

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