Cocktail original: A Study in Pink, a BBC Sherlock-inspired recipe.

Wrong!
Wrong!

If you're anything like me, pink drinks probably conjure-up memories of cloyingly sweet concoctions that give you a hangover just looking at them.

Not this one. I promise. It's got just a  hint of sweetness, but overall it's a fresh, bright, and unexpectedly balanced for just how, well, pink it is.

Recipe: "A Study in Pink," A Sara Galactica Cocktail Original

Photos by Andrea Holodnick.

A Study in Pink ingredients
A Study in Pink ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 oz gin of your choice (I recommend a fairly typical London Dry style for this cocktail)
  • 1 oz strawberry syrup (recipe here)
  • 2 oz  fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • Angostura bitters
  • Lemon twist
  • Ice

Tools 

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Citrus zester (like the one shown next to the lemon above)
  • Cocktail glass (martini-style)

While you work: Fill your cocktail glass with ice and cold water so it's nice and cold when you're ready.

First things first: Your drinks will only be as good as the ingredients you use. If you only have access to bottled grapefruit juice it will totally work here, but I highly recommend taking a minute to squeeze a little juice yourself. It doesn't require anything fancy. I used an old-school glass juicer here, but you can just use your hands; we're only talking a couple ounces of juice.

Grapefruit and juicer.
Grapefruit and juicer.

As you can see below, I got about 5 ounces of juice from my luscious grapefruit, so half a grapefruit should do the trick it if you're just making one drink.

Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.
Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice.

Also: If you get a little more juice, go ahead and use it in the drink. Up to 3 ounces should be just fine, and who wants to waste the yummy stuff?

Next: Fill your cocktail shaker about halfway with ice. Pour in 1 ounce of gin. Note: An ounce = a shot. I like to be more, er, approximate with my drinks. Please use a measuring tool if you need to (there's no shame in that).

Pouring gin.
Pouring gin.

Now add 2 ounces or so of that delicious grapefruit juice.

Pouring grapefruit juice into cocktail shaker.
Pouring grapefruit juice into cocktail shaker.

Add 1 ounce of strawberry syrup (recipe here). Holy shit you guys, this stuff is. So. Good.

Strawberry syrup.
Strawberry syrup.

Add a healthy amount of Angostura bitters. I used about 6 dashes here. Don't overdo it or anything, but this is not the place to be shy with your bitters. Use at least 5 dashes, but no more than 8.

Angostura bitters.
Angostura bitters.

Not shown: Securely cover shaker, shake a good 15 seconds or so. Dump the ice water out of your cocktail glass.

Pour.

Pouring cocktail into glass.
Pouring cocktail into glass.

Use your fancy zester to make a twist.

Heh. Twist. GET IT YOU GUYS? Because plot twists! Heh.

Ahem. It might take a few tries to get used to this if you've never done it before. Just relax and do your best. The goal here is to get those delicious little spurts of lemon essence into your drink while this happens, so make sure to position your lemon right by your glass.

Making a lemon twist.
Making a lemon twist.

Wrap your twist around your finger, remove and squeeze slightly over the drink to get extra essence. Extra points for running it around the rim of your glass before delicately placing it in your drink.

Lemon twist.
Lemon twist.

Now sit back and marvel at the beautiful thing you just created. I mean, DAMN! Look at it!

A Study in Pink Cocktail
A Study in Pink Cocktail

Drink the shit outta that.

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