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What the heck is Pinky?
arriano
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Posted: 2011-10-30 5:59 pm   Permalink

I was looking at a menu from the Tonga Room on Arkiva Tropika, and for the Honolulu Cocktail it lists the following ingredients:

1 oz rum
1 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz pinky

Does anyone know what "pinky" is? Below is a picture of the menu from Arkiva Tropika.




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kid_dynamo
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Posted: 2011-10-30 7:40 pm   Permalink

Pinky Vodka maybe?

http://www.pinkyvodka.com/

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-10-30 8:34 pm   Permalink

Pinky Vodka has only been around since 2008. At $1 for a drink, I'm thinking that menu is older than that
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-10-30 8:39 pm   Permalink

Grapefruit juice, I believe.

 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-10-30 8:44 pm   Permalink

The "Brown Derby" Hollywood version was a bit different but this drink was made popular there.

2 oz gin
1/2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 dash Angostura® bitters

This dates back to the 1930s and was originally a Gin based drink, so it looks like the other is a "Island
Style" version with Rum and would make sense that Grapefruit juice was used also.

Of the 15 recipes I looked up all of them used Gin.

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kid_dynamo
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Posted: 2011-10-30 8:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-10-30 20:34, MadDogMike wrote:
Pinky Vodka has only been around since 2008. At $1 for a drink, I'm thinking that menu is older than that




Haha, I didn't look at the menu prices.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-10-30 9:02 pm   Permalink

maybe "pinky" is a dose of pink gin (gin w/dash of Angostura bitters).

 
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arriano
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Posted: 2011-11-04 1:23 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the input. Maybe grapefruit. The picture of the drink looks like it might be garnished with a grapefruit slice. Then again, gin and bitters seems possible as well. Guess I could try both ways and see which one tastes better. The Tonga Room web site is no help as they don't even include this drink on their menu any more.
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Limbo Lizard
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Posted: 2011-11-08 1:15 pm   Permalink

I think pink grapefruit sounds most likely. One ounce of rum, 1.75 total ounces of juice, and the sweetness of pineapple would be balanced by the slight thirst-quenching bitterness of grapefruit.
But the other: 1 ounce rum, 0.75 ounces gin (1.75 oz. total) and only 1 ounce pineapple? That doesn't sound like a "refresher".
I suppose another possibility is pink lemonade.


 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-11-08 3:00 pm   Permalink

Talked to some old & (old school) bartenders I use to work with
and the consensus is "Pink Grapefruit Juice"

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GentleHangman
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Posted: 2011-11-08 6:27 pm   Permalink

My research has led to the same conclusion as Chuck Tatum is Tiki. White grapefruit was the norm, and when the hybrid "Pink" grapefruit was developed (in the mid '50's I believe) ... it was referred to as "Pinky" to differentiate it from the white. I got this information from the head bartender of Francis Langford's Outrigger restaurant here in Jensen Beach, and old acquaintance of mine, which closed in the early '80s. Langford (Evinrude) had her own Grapefruit Plantation which produced both versions of the fruit as well as lemons and limes for the restaurant. Sadly,they are all just memories now . . .
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-11-08 6:35 pm   Permalink

I thought pinkies were baby mice used to feed reptiles? Seems they would be more of a drink garnish than an ingredient.



Sorry about that! But I did resist the urge to Photoshop one into a drink
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-11-08 7:56 pm   Permalink

Mix one up with the grapefruit juice & let us know how it came out?

 
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arriano
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Posted: 2011-11-09 09:40 am   Permalink

Thanks everyone for the posts. Reaffirms what a great resource this board is. I'll definitely mix one up next week and try it. (I have to go to the store to get a pink grapefruit, and it's currently Beer Week in San Diego and I'm already on drink overload). Thanks again!


 
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arriano
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Posted: 2011-11-09 09:42 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-11-08 18:35, MadDogMike wrote:
I thought pinkies were baby mice used to feed reptiles? Seems they would be more of a drink garnish than an ingredient.



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