Pink Whitney Vodka is a sweet and tangy pink lemonade-flavored vodka, and it's great for cocktails! This Pink Whitney drink recipe is the perfect way to use it. It's a refreshing, delicious and easy-to-make pink cocktail with lots of bright flavors. Combining pink lemonade vodka, fresh lemon, and Limoncello makes for an absolutely delicious (not to mention pretty) cocktail!
This Pink Whitney Lemonade Martini is a spin on the Limoncello Martini. It's an amazing summer cocktail, refreshing and perfect for anytime you want something light and fruity. The pink color makes it great for a girls' night or a bachelorette party! It also pairs really well with spicy dishes like tacos or nachos, because its sweet tartness helps cut through the heat.
If you’re looking for more ideas for a Pink Whitney drink, try using it instead of the gin in a Gimlet cocktail or a Tom Collins. It's also great in this Vodka Champagne Cocktail recipe. It's tasty enough to do shots with on its own, too, if you're more of a shot person!
What is Pink Whitney?
Pink Whitney is a pink lemonade-flavored vodka. Its bright pink color and almost candy-like flavor has made it hugely popular on social media.
It was inspired by former NHL player Ryan Whitney, co-host of the Spittin' Chiclets podcast. After he mentioned his love for a pink lemonade and vodka cocktail on the air, fans took it to heart and the drink went viral.
Whitney and his other co-host, Paul Bissonnette, then teamed up with the New Amsterdam Spirits Company, who sponsored the podcast. They worked together to develop the pink lemonade-flavored vodka that became Pink Whitney, and launched it to huge success in 2019.
Here's what you'll need to make this Pink Whitney Lemonade Martini:
- New Amsterdam Pink Whitney - the main flavor of this cocktail is the juicy pink lemonade flavor of this vodka.
- Lemon juice - preferably freshly squeezed for the best flavor!
- Simple syrup - you can make your own simple syrup, or buy premade syrup.
- Limoncello - this liqueur is a mixture of half simple syrup and half lemon peel extract. Although lemony, it's not sour at all and has a ton of sweetness. You can use store bought Limoncello, or make your own Limoncello!
Here are some ways you can substitute the ingredients in this cocktail:
- Pink Whitney - If you don't have this on hand, just use citrus flavored vodka, and add a splash of cranberry juice to get a pink color. The flavor will be a little different, but it'll still taste great. Or, try Smirnoff pink lemonade flavored vodka instead.
- Lemon juice - Try using lime juice instead. Or, you can use orange juice, but it will change the flavor a lot. If you use orange juice, you may want to skip the simple syrup since it's a lot sweeter.
- Simple syrup - instead of simple syrup, you can use maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Limoncello - If you don't have limoncello, you can substitute in Triple Sec or another citrusy liqueur, like Italicus bergamot liqueur. Or, you can add a little raspberry to the mix and try using Chambord black raspberry liqueur instead.
Here are some variations and some more ideas for making a Pink Whitney drink:
- Pink Whitney and Soda - mix 2 ounces of Pink Whitney with about 4 to 5 ounces of club soda and serve it over ice.
- Pink Whitney Cosmo - mix 2 ounces of Pink Whitney with 1 ounce of Triple Sec, ½ ounce of lime juice and ½ ounce of cranberry juice. Shake with ice, strain and serve in a martini style glass.
- Non-alcoholic Pink Lemonade - this simple non-alcoholic summertime beverage is always great to have on hand for the non-drinkers! Just mix together pink lemonade mix with water according to the mix directions, but also add an ounce each of lemon juice and simple syrup to give it some fresh flavors.
To make this drink, you'll need a cocktail shaker, a jigger, and a Hawthorne strainer. If you're using fresh lemon, you'll also want to have a knife and cutting board handy.
For the garnish, you can use a channel knife to make a long strip of lemon peel. Or, you can use a vegetable peeler and clean up the edges with your knife. You'll also need either a cocktail spoon or a straw to wrap the lemon peel around to make the cute spiral shown in the photos.
For the serving glass, a martini glass or a coupe glass work great. If you prefer to serve this drink over ice, you can use an old fashioned glass or tumbler..
Prep the lemon peel by using a vegetable peeler and a paring knife to make a long thin strip of peel, or use a channel knife.
Wrap it around the handle of a bar spoon, or a straw, chopstick or something similar. Set it aside to set in a spiral while you make the drink.
Add the lemon juice, limoncello, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker glass.
Pour the pink lemonade vodka to the cocktail shaker glass. Add ice and shake to combine.
Strain into your serving glass, add the garnish and serve!
Hint: To help your drink stay colder longer, chill your glass and ingredients ahead of time. Just pop them in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before getting started.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pink Whitney is made from vodka, with added sweeteners and pink lemonade flavoring. It's basically a stronger version of a vodka and pink lemonade mixed drink, which is why it's so perfect in this recipe.
While Pink Whitney already has a ton of flavor, it definitely plays well with other mixers. Besides the lemon juice and liqueur mixture in this recipe, try mixing it with just some club soda or Sprite over ice. Super tasty and refreshing! You can also add a splash of orange juice, pineapple juice, or Malibu rum for a tropical twist. Basically, anything that normally mixes with lemon flavors will go great with this vodka.
New Amsterdam Pink Whitney vodka is 30% ABV (alcohol by volume), or 60 proof. It has added sugars and flavors in addition to the vodka base. So it's less strong than most regular vodkas (generally 40%), but still on the strong side.
If you want to add a little more depth and complexity to this Pink Whitney drink, try adding a few dashes of lemon or orange bitters. The subtle hint of bitter citrus will play beautifully with the pink lemonade notes of the Pink Whitney, creating a nice balance and enhancing the overall taste of your cocktail!
Another way to enhance the drink is to cut another large piece of lemon peel, different than the long strip for the garnish. Squeeze the large piece of peel over top of the drink just before serving for an extra burst of lemon aroma. Cheers!
Pink Whitney Lemonade Martini
- Lemon peel
- Use a channel knife to make a long strip of lemon peel, or use a vegetable peeler and clean up the edges with a knife.
- Wrap the lemon peel around the handle of a bar spoon into a spiral. (You can also use a straw or chopstick if you don't have a bar spoon.)
- Set the peel aside to set in a spiral while you make the cocktail.
- Add the lemon juice, simple syrup, Limoncello and Pink Whitney to a cocktail shaker.
- Fill the shaker with ice and shake well, about 15-20 times.
- Strain the drink into your serving glass. You can use a regular cocktail strainer, or use it together with a second fine mesh strainer if you want to make sure to get out all of the lemon pulp.
- Add the lemon peel garnish to the rim of the glass, and serve!