two pink squirrel cocktails in coupe glasses rimmed with miniature heart sprinkles, a single maraschino cherry at the base of the first glass and a cocktail jigger on the other side

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What I love about the pink squirrel cocktail

We’ve already made it to the second cocktail in The Supper Club Series. No surprise there though. We do like a cocktail or two here in Wisconsin. While the brandy old fashioned is more of a Wisconsin staple, the pink squirrel, isn’t quite as ubiquitous throughout the state, but it is still a supper club classic.

It’s actually an ice cream cocktail, very similar to a brandy alexander, but not quite as strong. And, definitely a different color. It’s a pretty little cocktail to sip as an after dinner drink or if you’re in the mood for dessert in cocktail form.

two pink squirrel cocktails in coupe glasses rimmed with miniature heart sprinkles, sprinkles and cherries in the background

So, what is in a pink squirrel?

There are three main ingredients in a pink squirrel. Creme de cacao, creme de noyaux and cream/ice cream. I used vegan ice cream in this case, but if I were to make a non-ice cream version, I’d probably use full fat coconut milk or homemade cashew cream. In any case, the creme de noyaux is what gives the pink squirrel its signature color.

Creme de noyaux is almond liqueur that is made from peach and apricot pits – did you know they’re in the same plant family? – which makes creme de noyaux pink rather than clear like regular creme de almond.

More frozen cocktails: frozen watermelon Moscow mule / boozy black cow milkshakes / frozen pineapple lemonade cocktail / grasshopper pie

overhead shot of a pink squirrel cocktail in a coupe glass rimmed with miniature heart sprinkles
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Here’s what you’ll need to make a frozen pink squirrel

  • Creme de noyaux
  • White creme de cacao
  • Vanilla ice cream (dairy free)
two pink squirrel cocktails in coupe glasses rimmed with miniature heart sprinkles

How do you make pink squirrels?

Mise en place. Since you’re working with a frozen ingredient, I recommend getting everything ready and measured before you begin to blend. Rim your glasses, get your ingredients all in one place and be ready to pour and serve once your pink squirrels are blended.

Blend your ingredients. Combine all your ingredients in the blender. I normally add my liquid first to make things blender more easily. Blend until everything is smooth and uniform in color.

The texture will not be super thick like a milkshake (more like a super cold, frothy cocktail). If you want your pink squirrels to be thicker, I would suggest adding an additional scoop or two of ice cream before you blend.

overhead shot of a pink squirrel cocktail in a coupe glass rimmed with miniature heart sprinkles and sprinkles floating on top

Dairy free tip: – all of these creme liqueurs aren’t made with milk. They’re just given that name because of their thick, creamy consistency. They should all be safe to drink if you’re dairy free, but always be careful and do your research. I like to search this website to see if a specific type is vegan, which inevitably rules out more than I’d like since they’re counting things made with eggshells and gelatins in their processing, but it’s the easiest option when I’m in the middle of a store debating which brand of alcohol to buy.

Specific products I used: Hiram Walker creme de noyaux, DeKuyper creme de cacao, So Delicious vanilla soy frozen dessert.

FAQs and tips on making a pink squirrel

Where was the pink squirrel invented?

It was originally made at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This unique drink dates back to the 1950s.

What can you substitute for creme de noyaux?

If you are unable to find this liqueur, you can substitute amaretto or another almond liqueur.


Pink Squirrel

The uniquely colored pink squirrel is an ice cream cocktail popular in supper clubs around Wisconsin that is flavored with almond and chocolate liqueurs. Makes 2 cocktails.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Category: cocktails
  • Method: blended
  • Cuisine: American


  • 3 ounces creme de noyaux
  • 3 ounces white creme de cacao
  • 45 scoops vanilla dairy free ice cream
  • Sprinkles (optional, for garnish)


  1. Rim coupe glasses with sprinkles. Set aside.
  2. In a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth and uniform in color.
  3. Pour into rimmed glasses and serve immediately.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 19.3 g
  • Sodium: 32 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 52.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.1 g
  • Protein: 5.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.5 mg

Keywords: pink squirrel, pink squirrel cocktail, supper club cocktails, wisconsin cocktails, frozen cocktail, after dinner drinks

Last Updated on December 28, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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