June 21, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
Celebrate Pride Month in style with an array of dazzling rainbow cocktails. These vibrant and visually stunning drinks are the perfect way to honour diversity and inclusion. From the mesmerising layers of the Rainbow Paradise Cocktail to the refreshing zing of the Castro Collins, each recipe sets the scene for a unique and colourful experience.
Join us as we explore 11 captivating cocktails that will add a touch of pride to your celebrations. Let’s raise a glass and toast to love, equality, and the beautiful spectrum of colours that make our world shine.
1. Rainbow Paradise Cocktail
Immerse yourself in the vibrant hues of the Rainbow Paradise cocktail. This rainbow cocktail recipe really yields a treat for the eyes. Layers of colours cascade through the glass, creating a mesmerising display.
Add 30ml grenadine to a hurricane glass. Fill glass with ice. Combine 120ml pineapple juice and 60ml coconut rum in a glass measuring cup, then slowly pour mixture over ice in glass. Nex, combine 30ml water and 15ml blue curaçao, and slowly pour over pineapple-rum layer. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.
Prefer a non-alcoholic rainbow cocktail? Sure thing!
Start by adding grenadine to a hurricane glass filled with ice. Slowly pour a mixture of chilled pineapple juice and orange juice over the ice, maintaining the distinct layers. To add a touch of effervescence, combine a small amount of blue food colouring with sparkling water and gently pour it over the layers. For a final flourish, garnish with a slice of fresh orange.
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2. Red: Negroni
Red-hued Pride month cocktails do not come any more classic than the dashing Negroni. Combining equal parts Campari, Bulldog Gin, and Cinzano Vermouth Rosso, this suave sipper makes a great aperitif and pairs well with savoury snacks like olives, salami and charcuterie. Love a bit of sparkle? Do as Emma D’Arcy does, and pour your guests a Negroni Sbagliato, with Prosecco in it!
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3. Orange: Aperol Spritz
For a Pride themed cocktail that just about everyone will enjoy, go with an Aperol Spritz. Combining Aperol, Prosecco, and soda water, this is one of the easiest cocktail recipes to master, leaving you with plenty of time to relax with your friends and enjoy your Pride celebration in style.
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4. Yellow: Bee’s Knees
If you love a bougie old-school vibe, go with a bright and buzzy Bee’s Knees. This classic gin-based drink exudes all the jazz and glamour of the 1920s. It’s something you’ll want to sip wearing a sequined chiffon dress, or a dapper suit topped with a jaunty fedora.
5. Green: Grasshopper
For an easy rainbow cocktail to round off an evening in style, go for an indulgent Grasshopper. Made with crème de cacao, crème de Menthe, and heavy cream, it’s a mint-chocolate dream of a drink that has a oodles of Golden Era charm.
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6. Blue: Blue Hawaiian
Wondering how to make rainbow cocktail that celebrates that sensational cerulean hue? Treat your crew to a Blue Hawaiian! Featuring Wray and Nephew rum, blue curaçao, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and lemon juice as ingredients, it’s simultaneously creamy and refreshing with a delightful tropical vibe.
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7. Purple: Aviation
Another picture-perfect rainbow cocktail drink that never seems to go out of style is the pretty-in-purple Aviation. Its distinct lavender colour comes from Crème de Violette, a rare liqueur that is made from and tastes like violets. This gin-based cocktail is a delicate treat to slowly sip over dessert, like a rice pudding or a berry shortcake.
8. Indigo: Dusky Cosmo
So, the superbly stylish Cosmopolitan is normally a peppy pink colour, but for Pride parties, we like to get a little experimental and add a dash of blue curaçao or Crème de Violette to the existing recipe to give the drink a dusky look and represent indigo in the rainbow spectrum.
BUT WAIT friends, there is more! The following three cocktails were specially developed for #PrideMonth2023 in a gorgeous collaboration between SKYY Vodka and iconic NYC bartender and author John deBary. These brand-new creations are everything you need to host a fabulous rainbow cocktail party, and more…
9. Castro Collins
- 1.5 oz SKYY Vodka
- 1 oz Hibiscus-chili grenadine
- 0.5 oz Fresh lime juice
- 6 oz Sparkling water
- Combine all rainbow cocktail ingredients in a Collins or highball glass. Add ice and stir.
- Garnish with an edible (or origami) flower and serve with a straw.
Recipe for hibiscus-chili grenadine
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup 100% pomegranate juice, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers, and 2 teaspoons chili powder such as Korean kochukaru. Before adding heat, let it steep for 20-30 minutes. Then, with low-medium heat, stir occasionally for 10-15 minutes until sugar is dissolved completely. Allow to cool and strain with a fine mesh strainer such as a gold coffee filter. It will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator or up to three months if frozen.
10. Market Street Mai-Tai
- 45ml SKYY Vodka
- 30ml SKYY Blood Orange Vodka
- 120ml Pineapple juice (fresh is preferred)
- 30ml Sugar syrup
- 20ml Fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp Blue spirulina powder
- 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
- 3-4 Drops almond extract
- 8 cups Ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on medium for 10 seconds, until smooth.
- Pour into old-fashioned glasses and garnish with mint and dust with powdered sugar.
Learn more: Easy syrups for cocktail-making
11. Polk Street Sour
- 60ml SKYY Vodka
- 30ml Sugar syrup
- 15ml Fresh lime juice
- 15ml Plain low-fat yogurt
- 5 Blackberries
- Add blackberries and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and muddle to pulverise berries.
- Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously with ice for 15 seconds.
- Fine strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with 3-4 turns of freshly ground black pepper and a sage leaf.