I’m just going to come out and say it—I love ridiculous, frivolous, fabulous summer cocktails. Go ahead, mock me. Sing me the Carrie Underwood lyric “right now, he's probably buyin' her some fruity little drink 'cause she can't shoot whiskey,” because guess what, that's correct. If you ever ordered me a shot of Jack Daniels, I’d pretend to take it, gag a little, and then dump it onto the floor when you weren’t looking. But do you know what I find delicious? Something with bubbles. Something with the sweet tang of a summery fruit. Something with a colorful paper umbrella that I can twirl around with aimless glee.
And guess what—I bet most of you do too. (Even the men reading this—don’t let toxic masculinity dictate your drink choices.) After all, on a hot summer’s day, as the pandemic ebbs in America, what’s better than a glorified adult juice box that you can slurp with abandon?
On that note, we asked Montauk hotspot The Surf Lodge to share one of their favorite summer cocktails from their chic, curated list. They came back to us with the Pink Flamingo, a concoction that combines tequila, rosé, watermelon juice and sparkling water. According to their Food and Beverage Director Remi Shobitan, it’s a “sassy, tropical getaway in a glass.”
“We were inspired to create a drink to celebrate summer in a bold, flamboyant fashion—something we all deserve after a long year,” he adds.
So, without further ado, here's the recipe for the Pink Flamingo. Go forth and shake up your summer night.The Surf Lodge’s Pink Flamingo
1 oz Tequila
2 oz Martini & Rossi Fiero
2 oz Whispering Angel
1/2 oz Agave
1 oz Lemon juice
4 oz Watermelon juice
3 oz Acqua Panna water
1/3 oz Saline (or, dissolve salt in water in a 1:4 ratio)
Place all ingredients in a cocktail mixer and stir gently. Serve over crushed ice in a tumbler and adorn with flamingo accoutrements if desired. This recipe can also be batched and blended with ice in a blender for a slushy style consistency.