Making cocktails at home can be pretty fun whether it's for a party, experimentation, or just for a nice siesta at home alone or with friends. If you like drinking cocktails or if you plainly love making them, then i’m sure you’d enjoy this short how-to guide on making a pink Cadillac drink.
Before we get into the little gritty details about how to make this drink, you ought to know that this is only one version of a pink Cadillac drink. You can create your own version with the different kinds of ingredients you wish. This drink is very easy to make and is quite compatible with a lot of other ingredients. Whether you are a cocktail enthusiast or not, just make sure to have fun with it.
Basic Cocktail Ingredients
First things first, what are the basic cocktail ingredients that you should always have in the cupboard? If you are looking to have a fine cocktail bar at home, or if you are starting out on a cocktail venture, having these few items at your disposal can help you go a long way.
Note that you don’t have to have all these things to make a pink Cadillac drink, I am just sharing this list with you so that you’d know about the different things you will need if you want to create more drinks other than pink cadillac.
There are plenty types of liquor in the market, each one can be used to make an assortment of drinks. If you have an empty liquor cabinet, the basic types of liquor you should fill it up with are vodka, Scotch, Kahlua, tequila, vermouth, whiskey, brandy, bourbon, rum, and gin.
As you expand your liquor collection, try to include other drinks like cognac, triple sec, pernod, grand marnier, and Amaretto.
To dilute the alcohol flavor in your cocktails, you will need a bunch of mixers. Some mixers that should be included in your cocktail bar are orange juice, sour mix, lime juice, margarita mix, tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and sparkling water.
Another thing that you will need to add to your mixer collection are some bitters to add contrast to flavors.
To amp up your cocktail game, you will also need a couple of garnish ingredients such as oranges, lemons, limes, cherries, olives, pearl onions, sugar cubes, salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cream of coconut, and even Tabasco sauce.
Basic Bar Tools
Now that you are well aware of the different kinds of ingredients, let us now discuss the different types of tools that you should have in your bar.
One essential bar tool is the jigger. A jigger is a small measuring tool that is in the shape of an hourglass. Each measuring side of the jigger differs in capacity. Jiggers usually come with one side that can accommodate 1.5 ounces of liquid, while the other side is for 1 ounce liquids.
Though you can always use a shot glass for measuring liquids, having a jigger at your disposal will allow for quick and seamless movements while making several cocktails.
Cocktail shakers are those silver things you usually see bartenders shaking around in bars. A good cocktail shaker will allow you to effectively mix all the ingredients a certain drink requires. Cocktail shakers also allow for drinks to get cooled really quick since ice is usually included in the shaking process.
When looking for a cocktail shaker, try to look for a metal one that comes with a cover and maybe even a sifter.
A muddler is very much like a pestle but for bar use. A cocktail muddler is specifically used for crushing up sugar cubes, salt, and mint leaves to release their flavors and aromas. There are plenty types of muddlers available in the market today, some come in long shapes others are quite stout and wide.
Try to look for a muddler that falls in the average size range for added versatility in the bar.
You will need a nice metal bar spoon for effectively stirring your cocktail ingredients until the thoroughly get mixed. For added versatility to make your metal bar spoon good enough for all around use, try to choose one that comes with long handles for those large cocktail glasses.
Last but not the least, you will need to have a nice blender at your disposal to make icy cocktails such as daiquiris and margaritas. Try to choose a blender that is powerful enough to create fine ice blends. After all, a cocktail with large and unequal lumps of ice can be a bit difficult to sip with a straw.
How To Make A Pink Cadillac Drink
After getting familiar with the different basic tools and ingredients that you need to have in order to have a bar that will allow for the creation of numerous cocktails, let us now dive into the fun part, how to make the pink Cadillac.
Ingredients You Will Need:
You will need about a cup of tequila to make one pink Cadillac drink. Any brand of tequila will do for this cocktail. So don’t worry about getting the right one from the liquor store. However, if you have some extra cash to shell out, I suggest you try and get a bottle of that patron tequila.
To add a fruity flavor to your pink Cadillac, you will need about a cup of fresh lime juice. To effectively get the most juice out of one lime, try to roll the lime on its side on top of your counter and apply some pressure on it as you roll it to release all the juices before you cut it in half and squeeze it into your glass.
For added sweetness, you will need about half a cup of powdered sugar to counter the alcoholic taste of the tequila. If you don’t have any powdered sugar with you, I guess you can use a small amount of granulated sugar as an alternative.
Another ingredient that makes the pink Cadillac a fruity cocktail is an orange liquor. To make a glass of pink Cadillac, you will be needing about half a cup of orange liquor. Take note that you can use any brand of orange liqueur for this recipe.
What makes the pink Cadillac have a pinkish color is the addition of cranberry juice. You will need about half a cup of cranberry juice to make your pink Cadillac live up to its name. Take note that what you will need is cranberry juice, and not cranberry juice cocktail.
You will need any form of garnish to make your cocktail drink extra appealing. I personally love working with kosher salt. If you have any kind of salt at your disposal, you may want to use it to rim your glass. Do take note that this is only an optional ingredient. Your pink Cadillac would do just fine without one. This is merely for aesthetics.
You will need a nice cocktail shaker to effectively mix all of the ingredients I have included in this list. If you don’t have a shaker yet, you can easily buy one online or you can use an old thermos or anything that can accommodate all the ingredients I have listed. Just make sure that it has a tight cover so that there won’t be any spills when you shake the ingredients around.
The last thing you will need is a couple of ice cubes to help chill your cocktail as you shake all the ingredients up in the shaker. Take note that the cocktail itself may or may not contain any ice at all. It all depends on your personal preference.
Steps To Follow:
- Step 1: Stir All The Ingredients
The first thing you will need to do is stir the tequila, lime juice, cranberry juice, orange liqueur, and powdered sugar in a glass until the powdered sugar has been fully dissolved. Give it a continuous whirl for about one minute to effectively dissolve the sugar.
- Step 2: Place Ingredients In The Shaker
Once the sugar has been dissolved, the next thing you should do is add some ice cubes to your shaker and pour the cocktail mixture into the shaker.
Before shaking up all the ingredients, make sure that the shaker is completely secure. Ensure that the cover is well fitted to avoid creating a mess in your kitchen or bar.
After placing all the ingredients in the shaker, give it a nice solid shake for about 30 seconds.
- Step 3: Serve And Garnish
The last thing you will have to do is garnish and serve. Try to spread some powdered sugar or salt on a plate and rim your cocktail glass by moistening your glass’ rim with some water and dipping it into the plate to get a nice coated rim.
After rimming your glass, all you have to do now is pour your drink.
A Quick Recap
A pink cadillac drink is one of the best cocktail drinks to practice making because they are very easy to create. All you will need are a couple of ingredients and tools including limes, tequila, ice, cranberry juice, powdered sugar, orange liqueur, a shaker, and some ice.
Just mix all the ingredients together, give it a shake, pour it into a nice looking glass and you’re done! A nice pink cadillac drink to make your or someone else’s day a little better.
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