Pink Honey Martini

Pink Honey Martini

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

The pink honey martini is a delightful Bärenjäger cocktail. The recipe mixes the honey-flavored liqueur into a cosmopolitan-like martini, complete with vodka and cranberry juice. It's both familiar and unique, definitely a fun cocktail to try when you want to break free from your cosmo routine.

This recipe offers a perfect balance of sweet and sour. Bärenjäger is sweet, as is the cranberry juice, but a little fresh sour mix counteracts that to create a wonderfully delicious cocktail.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Bärenjäger, vodka, cranberry juice, and sour mix.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with ice.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Add more cranberry juice and sour mix to taste if you'd like it a little fruitier.
  • At just 2 1/2 ounces, this is a very short drink (most vodka martinis are around 3 1/2 ounces). The ice helps fill the volume of a cocktail glass, though.
  • If you'd like to make it a little taller, pour 1 1/2 ounces each of the Bärenjäger and vodka, then double up on the cranberry and sour mix.
  • Ice cubes are a little awkward in the V-shape of a cocktail glass. A better option is crushed ice. You can create it quickly without an ice machine by placing a few cubes in a plastic zipper bag (a cloth Lewis bag is designed for this purpose), then whacking them into small pieces with your muddler or a rolling pin.
  • Of course, you can always skip the ice, just be sure your glass is chilled for the best tasting drink.

Recipe Variations

  • As an alternative to sour mix, add a squeeze of juice from a lime wedge.
  • Pour a flavored vodka if you like. Good choices for this drink include citrus, vanilla, and any berry vodka.
  • White cranberry juice is a fabulous option for this cocktail. It's a little less sweet, so it's a good pairing with the honey liqueur.
  • Lighten up this drink by topping it off with sparkling wine. A sweet sparkling Moscato would be a nice choice. You could go with a dry sparkling rosé to counteract the martini's underlying sweetness and bring in an extra dose of pink.

How Strong Is a Pink Honey Martini?

One reason this cocktail is served short is that it's a very potent mix. Don't let its sweet taste fool you! When made with the average 80-proof vodka, it weighs in at 28 percent ABV (56 proof). That's stronger than the cosmo and the same strength of a straight vodka martini, which has no nonalcoholic mixers.