Tickled Pink Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:~14%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Tickled Pink cocktail is a relatively modern creation, designed to tantalize the taste buds with its balance of sweet and tart flavors. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a vibrant, refreshing drink with a touch of elegance.

  • Originating in the early 21st century, the Tickled Pink was crafted to appeal to the modern palate.
  • The cocktail quickly gained popularity for its striking color and delightful taste, making it a staple at celebratory events and summer gatherings.
  • It's particularly favored by vodka enthusiasts who enjoy a fruity twist to their drinks.

How Tickled Pink Tastes?

Tickled Pink is a delightful mix of sweet and sour notes, with the pomegranate juice providing a tangy kick that's perfectly balanced by the smoothness of the vodka and the citrusy zing of lemon juice. The triple sec adds a subtle orange sweetness, making the cocktail a harmonious blend of flavors.

Interesting facts about Tickled Pink

  • The vibrant pink color of the cocktail is not only visually appealing but also makes it a popular choice for themed parties and romantic occasions.
  • The name 'Tickled Pink' suggests a state of delighted satisfaction, which is exactly the mood this cocktail aims to evoke.
  • Despite its sweet profile, the cocktail maintains a certain sophistication, thanks to the careful balance of ingredients.


  • Pinnacle original vodka: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Dekuyper triple sec liqueur: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Pomegranate juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)

A few good options for Tickled Pink are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Tickled Pink are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Pinnacle Original Vodka

Using the Pinnacle Original Vodka is like picking a perfect pair of jeans – it’s the staple that ties everything together. At 1.5oz, it offers enough spirits to give the cocktail 'legs', but not too much, so it doesn't 'stumble' over the delicate balance of flavors. If vodka is left out, you'll just have a fancy juice. Be careful, though; more vodka could overpower the other players on the field.

Option: Substitute with a citrus-infused vodka to boost the zesty profile.

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DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur

A dash of Triple Sec at 0.5oz is like the zesty spice in your favorite dish—it brings out the flavors without stealing the show. It adds a sweet, orange note that cozies up perfectly with the lemon and pomegranate. Skipping on Triple Sec would flatline the cocktail's complexity.

Option: Sub in Cointreau for a smoother, slightly more sophisticated orange twist.

Emma Rose

Pomegranate Juice

At half an ounce, pomegranate juice doesn't just bring the blushing pink to our Tickled Pink; it adds a sweet-tart profile that is the soul of this cocktail. Leaving it out would be like going to a party in your slippers, quite the misstep!

Option: Try cranberry juice for a tarter edge or raspberry puree for a sweeter turn.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

This little squeeze of lemon juice is the citrusy handshake introducing all the ingredients to each other. Too little, and the cocktail may be aloof; too much, and it'll pucker up tighter than a pair of skinny jeans two sizes too small. If forgotten, the cocktail loses its bright cheer.

Option: Lime juice can stand in for a more tropical flair on this sassy pink number.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Tickled Pink Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 oz of Pinnacle Original Vodka into the shaker.
  3. Add 1/2 oz of DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur.
  4. Include 1/2 oz of pomegranate juice.
  5. Squeeze in 1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice.
  6. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  7. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  8. Garnish with a lemon peel, orange wheel, or edible flowers as desired.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled juice.
  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold and refreshing.
  • When garnishing with a lemon peel, twist it over the glass to release the essential oils, adding an aromatic dimension to the drink.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese: A creamy cheese like Brie or Camembert can balance the acidity and enhance the fruitiness of the cocktail.

  • Seafood: Delicate seafood dishes such as seared scallops or shrimp cocktail complement the crisp, fruity notes of the Tickled Pink.

  • Spicy Appetizers: Spice-infused appetizers like Thai spring rolls or jalapeño poppers will be nicely counterbalanced by the cocktail's sweet and tart profile.

  • Dessert: Pair with a raspberry sorbet or lemon tart to echo the citrus and fruity flavors in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips without overshadowing the flavors of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Tickled Pink

  • If Pinnacle Original Vodka is not available, any high-quality plain vodka can be used as a substitute.
  • Cointreau or another high-quality orange liqueur can replace DeKuyper Triple Sec for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice can be used in place of lemon juice for a sweeter, less tart cocktail.

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Hawaiian Blush

  • Substitute vodka with coconut rum.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Imagine your Tickled Pink with a tropical vacation makeover – it's now sunbathing on an exotic beach. The coconut rum introduces a sweet, beachy vibe, and the pineapple juice offers a lovely vacation in a glass.

Midnight Pink

  • Use a black vodka for visual drama.
  • Replace Triple Sec with Chambord.
  • Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Transforming our friendly pink to a mysterious midnight theme, the black vodka and Chambord introduce darker fruit notes and a touch of luxe, perfect for a chic twilight event.

Spicy Pink

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • Rim the glass with spicy salt.
  • Use blood orange juice instead of lemon juice.

Turn up the heat with this twist - the jalapeño slice adds a spicy whisper to each sip, and the spicy salted rim offers a tangy bite that complements the sweet base. Adding blood orange juice gives a richer citrus punch, perfect for those who like to walk on the wild side.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tickled Pink

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tickled Pink

What type of glass is best suited for serving the Tickled Pink cocktail?

A chilled coupe or martini glass is typically used for serving the Tickled Pink to enhance its elegance and presentation.

Can the Tickled Pink be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be created by substituting the vodka and triple sec with non-alcoholic alternatives or by increasing the amounts of pomegranate and lemon juices.

Is it necessary to use a cocktail shaker for the Tickled Pink recipe?

Using a cocktail shaker allows for the ingredients to be properly chilled and mixed, but if unavailable, you can stir the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

How can I safely cut a lemon peel garnish for my cocktail?

Use a sharp knife or a peeler to carefully cut a strip of lemon peel, avoiding the white pith which can be bitter.

What's the best way to store leftover pomegranate juice?

Leftover pomegranate juice should be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and consumed within 3-5 days for best quality.

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