Pink Squirrel Cocktail

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This retro cocktail is made with vanilla ice cream, Crème de Cacao and Crème de Almond, garnished with a Maraschino cherry and whipped cream, for the cocktail that drinks like dessert!


Pink Squirrel


It seems these days, that everything old is new again.  Call it “vintage” and it’s worth ten times more than it was when it was brand new.   I love the people who have the knack for incorporating retro and antique furniture into their modern day homes.  Me?  I don’t have that gene.


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It’s no secret that I love to shop.  Retail therapy is a real thing people.  But if you want to loose my attention span real quick?  Take me into an antique store.  My friend, Candi, comes to visit every so often and she always stops at a gazillion antique stores between here and Norman, OK.  If she comes in the summer we always go downtown in Omaha to the Old Market.  There are some thrift stores she loves to go through, and of course, Hollywood Candy.  Hollywood Candy is my kind of thrift store.  Old movie reels, posters, board games and even a mock Drive Inn … and of course all of the candy you can remember from being a kid.  But once we leave there and head anywhere near furniture .. “I’m out.”

I do love old music though, and will listen to just about anything.  The Rat Pack stuff, for sure tops the list.  One of my most favorite movies of all times is “Same Time Next Year.”  Have you watched it? It’s a great movie with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. They meet by chance and do so every year in the same place at the same time.  The movie spans a couple of decades, and is truly a terrific one to watch.  How about the series “Mad Men?”  I was so sad when that was over.  Don & Betty Draper — they pretty much always had a drink in their hand, didn’t they?  Those old classic cocktails.  Manhattans in the office,  Dirty Martinis at lunch.


Pink Squirrel


I think if I had to pick my favorite cocktail, it would most likely be a Dirty Martini.  Although, in the summertime, you can’t beat an old fashioned Vodka Gimlet.  There used to be a steakhouse here in Omaha, called The Venice Inn.  Georgia, was a bartender there for many, many, many years.  She made the best vodka gimlet I’ve ever had.  She tried to teach me, but they never taste the same.  I wonder where Georgia is today?


dirty vodka martini
DIRTY VODKA MARTINI Classic Dirty Vodka Martini is perfectly done, shaken and served up with stuffed olives.


Some other classics:


JAMESON OLD FASHIONED A Jameson Old Fashioned is a classic, simple to make cocktail that will warm you from the inside out on the chilliest of days. – Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish



Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail Recipe
A Smooth and Sexy Cuban Manhattan Cocktail is a lot cheaper than therapy and it’s like taking a little vacation without ever leaving home. – Hostess at Heart



A favorite drink at the Jersey Shore gets an adult makeover! These Sparkling Mojito Lime Rickies combine two favorite lime drinks: mojito and lime Rickies. – A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures



Lemon Drop Martini – Sweet tart delicious lemony goodness! An excellent cocktail for a hot summer day or cold winter’s night. – Seduction in the Kitchen

On Christmas Eve, when I was a kid, my parents used to make Grasshoppers.  We have them here at home from time to time, but I have never blogged them.  I remember one time them making Pink Squirrels.  I figured Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to try them!  Not that they aren’t good anytime — just you know, pink.  They are truly a cocktail that drinks like dessert!

The Pink Squirrel was invented at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, and popular in the 1950’s, especially with women.  I thought it was time we bring it back!


Pink Squirrel

So, this year, when you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day — or anytime you have a nice dinner at home, end it with this delicious after dinner drink.  You won’t regret it.



Pink Squirrel


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Pink Squirrel Cocktail

Pink Squirrel cocktail with a straw in it

This retro cocktail is made with vanilla ice cream, Crème de Cacao and Crème de Almond, garnished with a Maraschino cherry and whipped cream, for the cocktail that drinks like dessert!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 Ounce Crème de Almond (Crème de Noyaux)
  • 1 Ounce White Crème de Cacao
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Maraschino cherries and whipped cream for garnishing


  • Blend until smooth, pour into glass, garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 4gSugar: 42gProtein: 11g

    Nutrition isn't always accurate.


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    1. I had to laugh at that squirrel. Hilarious. My mom always made grasshoppers on New Year’s Eve and we got a sip. That was a big deal! I love your pink squirrel. I’ve never had one but it will be perfect for Valentine’s day! Thank you for including my beverage. I’d love to have one of each!

    2. Thanks so much for this Pink Squirrel recipe! My parents would take us to the Drover for special occasions (I now take my kids there!) and my mom would always have a Pink Squirrel. It is the only time I ever saw her drink. She would give my sister and I a sip and we thought we were all grown up! It is fun reading about things about Omaha, like when you mentioned the Neon Goose! Keep up the great blog!

      1. LOVE the Drover! My daughter and her new husband were just there last weekend. Pink Squirrels bring back all sorts of fun memories for me, too! I hope you give them a try sometime! Thanks for leaving the sweet comment!

    3. Wow. Love how this drink is creamy and so good for ingulding in! The vanilla ice cream makes everything just phenomenal 😀

    4. This pink squirrel cocktail looks really inviting. I love this simple recipe. Will definitely like to give this a try.

    5. Made this for my husband and he really enjoyed it, he is fond of milk-based cocktails but ice cream was even better!

    6. Wow what a delicious looking drink I love this who idea and the color is great for Valentines Day cheers!

    7. Okay, wow. I love the idea of this drink!! I am saving this for Valentine’s day. Thank you so much for this recipe!! 🙂

    8. This is cocktail looks so lovely. I want this after every Sunday dinner, and of course, on Valentine’s Day! I love the setting too. Thanks for sharing.

    9. I grew up with my momma making them and grasshoppers for us on Christmas and Mew Years!!! I love them, but I can’t find crème de almond at any liquor stores.
      Where I olive in it’s all about tumbleweeds.

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