Cocktail #2: Pink Ribbon

By Hairee Lee

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Last Saturday, October 1, marked the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This Saturday, October 8, Dinner Series hosts an afternoon tea fundraising event in support of National Breast Cancer Association.

Absolutely beautiful to behold, sweet without any of the heat, and dangerous if underestimated for its power. Sounds like a fabulous female, no?

With this great charity on our minds, the 2nd cocktail of the Fall Cocktail Series 2011 is called Pink Ribbon.

It's an adaptation of the p.i.n.k. Ribbon cocktail recipe I found online. The reason for adapting it and making it all our own rather than faithfully reconstructing the original recipe is that we couldn't locate a spirit merchant that carried the mysterious p.i.n.k. Vodka.

I heard of The Boston Shaker from Caitlin, a former Dinner Series team member (she's now pursuing her love of baking full time by taking on a culinary degree at pastry school). So when Melissa couldn't find the p.i.n.k. Vodka at our go-to liquor store, I gave them a call and got a hold of a guy named Kofi Thomas. I told him about the purpose behind our cocktail (besides that we just enjoy a good cocktail at Dinner Series): a pink cocktail that was pretty enough and tasty enough to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Kofi not only tried to locate the elusive p.i.n.k. Vodka for me, but when he couldn't, he found Nate Daniels at Downtown Wine & Spirts who gatherered his creative powers and come up with an alternative: Krā-Zē Vodka.

Krā-Zē Vodka is a liqueur made with vodka and berry liqueur. Hundred proof, pale pink colored, and only $17.99, this sort of thing would have been right up my alcoholic-twenty-three-year-old alley or now send me to the other side of the store. But we needed a pink vodka.

THe recipe also called for a sour mix ((Mix 1 part sugar syrup with 1 part lemon juice)) but we didn't make our own. Instead Melissa picked up Mr & Mrs T Whiskey Sour Mix.

And we took out the black current juice because of the added berry and sugar in the Krā-Zē Vodka and just raised the amount of cranberry juice by a 1/4 ounce.

And I've decided to call it Pink Ribbon.

Absolutely beautiful to behold, sweet without any of the heat, and dangerous if underestimated for its power. Sounds like a fabulous female, no?

The Orrefors Balans martini glass also adds an a level of sophistication and femininity especially with the subtle nub near the top of the stem which suggests the curves of a woman.

This was about 2 women, me and Melissa, facing an obstacle, being resourceful and getting great help, and prevailing in the end: the cocktail turned out amazingly in spite of all my doubts.

Here's to you ladies, those of you who are healthy, those of you who are fighting breast cancer, those of you who know women who are fighting or have fought breast cancer, and those who survived breast cancer.


Pink Ribbon Serves 1


  • 2 ounces Krā-Zē Vodka
  • 1 ounces Cointreau
  • 1 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce Mr & Mrs T Whiskey Sour Mix
  • 1 cup ice


    1. Place all the ingredients into cocktail shaker.


  1. Shake and strain.


Thanks to Kofi Thomas at The Boston Shaker & Nate Daniels at Downtown Wine & Spirits for helping us make this cocktail possible.

Photographs by Nate Brescia.