The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes

The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes - The retro cocktail gets a frozen and fabulous upgrade complete with roasted strawberries & a vanilla wafer rim! | ButtercreamBlondie.com

If you’re wondering what in the world a pink squirrel is, you’re not alone!  I’d never heard of it until few weeks ago when I was home for Mother’s Day.  We were out to dinner at this little Italian restaurant in the neighborhood all chatting about a million things over stuffed clams and calamari when my grandma starts talking about pink squirrels.

I think it was probably the only moment all of us were silent.  ”Gram, what’s a pink squirrel?”  We didn’t have a clue what she was talking about.

Gram said it was vanilla ice cream, strawberries and vodka in the blender.  Then she started talking about how she used to drink them with my nanny.  Those two were a great time when they got together.  I always remember them breaking out the blender, the ice cream and the Baileys on Christmas Eve.  At least now we know where I get it from ;)

But the pink squirrel was new to me, and the mention of ice cream, strawberries and vodka was music to my ears…

By the time I got back to Boston, I was all about this pink squirrel business.  I looked it up and found out that it was a popular drink in the 60s, but had nothing to do with ice cream, strawberries, or vodka… Apparently, the pink squirrel was made with cream, creme de cocoa and some type of almond liqueur that tinted it pink.

Armed with this new information and the fact that I 100 percent prefer my Gram’s version, I decided to come up with my own pink squirrel.  First, I roasted a batch of vanilla bean strawberries, and then blended them up with vanilla ice cream, Godiva liqueur, vanilla vodka and a splash of Amaretto.

Can you say, where have you been all my life?!  The original drink may have had a short life span, but the pink squirrel 2.0 is here to stay!  Seriously, you guys know how much I love roasting fruit, but roasted fruit in a milkshake is where it’s at!

Cheers to the weekend and cheers to my Gram!

The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes - The retro cocktail gets a frozen and fabulous upgrade complete with roasted strawberries & a vanilla wafer rim! | ButtercreamBlondie.com

The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes

Yield: 2 large milkshakes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup roasted strawberries - one batch will be plenty
  • 2 big scoops vanilla ice cream (8 ounces)
  • 1/2 -3/4 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp.(1/4 cup) Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla vodka
  • 2 Tbsp. Amaretto

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. I suggest starting with 1/2 cup milk and if it's too thick, add more until you reach the desired consistency.
  2. Garnish with whipped cream.
  3. For the glasses, I dipped the rims in white chocolate and crushed Nilla wafer crumbs.
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8 Responses to “The Pink Squirrel 2.0: Roasted Strawberry Milkshakes”

  1. 1
    Eftychia says:

    Simply Delicious! Excellent presentation!

  2. 2
    Liz says:

    Oh, yeah, I definitely prefer your gram’s version, too!

  3. 3
    Beverley says:

    one of the most adorable recipes every. How can you stop at just one? xoxo

  4. 4

    I think I love your Grams! Anyone who combines ice cream and liquor is a friend to me :) These pink squirrels look like a fun girls night dessert!

  5. 5
    Zainab says:

    Holy COW!! I’ve never heard of this before but now all I want is a glass. What a great idea to roast the strawberries and get that added flavor. Gram’s is the best!!

  6. 6

    What a fun milkshake! I love the little jars you served them in, so cute :)

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