Are you hosting a spring or summer brunch event this year? If so, then you definitely need a festive brunch cocktail to match! I'm a very firm believer that having a signature cocktail makes any event feel more special. This pink dragonfruit cocktail, which I've designed to be summery, light, bubbly, and eye-catching, will make for the perfect toast at a seasonal event.
Why is this the perfect brunch cocktail? First and most importantly, it's fun and festive. Doesn't this whimsical pink cocktail just look like a party in a glass? Second, it's light and fruity, with a sunny flavor profile ideal for a summer day. Finally, this unique dragonfruit cocktail is surprisingly simple to create, make-ahead friendly, and a versatile sip for a crowd. In my opinion, this is the ideal bridal shower cocktail or Mother's Day cocktail.
How to Make a Pink Cocktail
If you love festive, colorful cocktails as much as I do, I bet this show-stopping pink hue caught your eye. Although there are a lot of different ways to create a pink cocktail, I'm excited to share with you my own tried and true method.
This brunch cocktail gets its distinctive color from pink pitaya, a.ka. pink dragonfruit. It's a brilliantly pink fruit with a light, citrusy, slightly floral taste. While fresh pink pitaya is a fabulous ingredient, it can often be tricky to find; accordingly, I prefer to use pink pitaya powder. You can find pink pitaya powder at specialty stores or online and it has a long shelf life. Just dissolve it in some liquid (pineapple juice, in this recipe) and then strain to remove any undissolved clumps. It's a quick, easy, inexpensive way to make a pink cocktail.
If by chance you have access to fresh pink pitaya, by all means use it. I suggest pureeing it and adding a few teaspoons of the puree to the cocktail in place of the powder. If you can find frozen pink pitaya puree, that will work well too. Feel free to add as much or as little as you like, until you achieve your preferred color and flavor; you can make this dragonfruit cocktail any hue from baby pink to bold magenta.
Cocktail for a Brunch Party
Are you creating this dragonfruit cocktail for a spring/summer brunch party? If so, I have a few tips. The recipe as written calls for a standard 1.5 oz shot of rum, but you can decrease that to 1 oz or even less to make drinks that feel more approachable. You can also serve this over abundant crushed ice for some additional dilution (and hydration). My suggestion: if you're making these for a relatively small group, ask people how they'd like their drink and customize them to order.
Batch Brunch Cocktail
If you're hosting a crowd, it may be easiest to prepare a batch version of this pink brunch cocktail. If that's the case, just multiply all of the ingredients in the recipe card by how many servings you want to make and mix up a big pitcher. You can mix the pink pitaya powder, pineapple juice, and rum a few hours ahead of time, strain the mixture into a pitcher, and let the pitcher chill in the fridge. Just wait to top it with soda water until serving so that the soda stays bubbly. If you prepare a pitcher ahead of time, this festive pink cocktail will come together in minutes.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Pink pitaya powder. Pink pitaya (or pink dragonfruit) powder is a shelf-stable superfood powder available at many health food stores and online. It gives this brunch cocktail its distinctive color and a tropical flavor. If you have access to fresh pink pitaya, try pureeing it and adding a few spoonfuls of the puree instead of using the powder.
White rum. I adore Koloa Rum from Kaua'i! Using a white rum is important for this cocktail since a dark rum or even a gold rum with negatively impact the color. Feel free to experiment with coconut rum too, it will add even more tropical flavor to this dragonfruit cocktail.
Soda water. Adding a dash of soda water helps this drink to feel light and brunch-appropriate. You could also experiment with pink grapefruit soda.
Pineapple wedge. For garnish. Technically this is optional, but the pineapple wedge garnish makes this drink so celebratory.
Doesn't this pretty, tropical, pink dragonfruit cocktail make you want to host a summer brunch party? It would be perfect for a bridal shower or a Mother's Day brunch. The combination of sweet pineapple and citrusy-floral pink pitaya feels so appropriate for a warm, sunny day. It would be even better sitting outside on a patio or by a pool.
Whether you're new to colorful cocktails or you're routinely drinking the rainbow, I'm excited for you to try this simple combination. My love of colorful drinks originated with my Unicorn Cocktail and I haven't looked back since. I believe very strongly that cocktails should be fun rather than formal, and a bright pink summer sip feels so festive.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Disclosure: This recipe has been developed through a paid partnership with Koloa Rum. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.