Pink Elephant Cocktail

Amarula Cream's Pink Elephant Cocktail
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  • Total: 4 mins
  • Prep: 4 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 2 cocktails (2 servings)

The pink elephant is a fun cocktail recipe for two that's sweet, pink, and absolutely delicious. It features Amarula, pairing it with chocolate, raspberries, red wine, and cream. Filled with aphrodisiacs, it's an ideal drink for romantic dinners, but also works wonderfully as an indulgent dessert cocktail.

Amarula is a sweet, creamy liqueur from South Africa that's flavored with the fruit of the marula tree. The pink elephant gets its name from that ingredient: The plant is also called an "elephant tree" because of the animal's fondness for the fruit.

This is a fascinating drink on many fronts. Not only does it have a tempting flavor and pretty color, but it's also constructed in an unusual manner. You'll start by shaking the main drink and straining that into a pair of glasses. To finish it up, you'll quickly sweeten heavy cream by shaking it with sugar, which is then floated on top of the drink. It sounds like a bit of work, but it really is easy and the result is worth the effort.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour the Amarula, chocolate liqueur, raspberry puree, and Merlot. Shake well.

  3. In a separate shaker, combine the cream and sugar and shake vigorously without ice.

  4. Carefully layer the cream on top of the base by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon.

  5. Garnish each glass with a raspberry and mint sprig.

  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • For the best drink, chill the glasses before mixing it up. The extra frost will help marry the flavors and keep the mix colder from beginning to end.
  • As written the recipe produces an 11-ounce drink. That's a lot for a creamy cocktail, which is why it's better to share it. If you want to make a single drink, simply cut all of the ingredients in half.

Recipe Variation

  • For a "campfire" effect, flavor the cream with hickory smoke. This can be done quickly with just a dash of liquid smoke (don't overdo it) added to the shaker with the cream and sugar. Or, you can follow the approach of barbecue masters and actually smoke the cream in your backyard smoker. It's the secret to making smoked ice cream and other toasted desserts like smoked chocolate ganache.

How Strong Is a Pink Elephant?

There may be three alcoholic ingredients in this recipe, but they're all mild. When combined, they produce a low-proof cocktail. The pink elephant mixes up to just 6 percent ABV (12 proof), making it similar to drinking a high-point beer, only it's far more delicious.