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Pink Elephant Cocktail Recipe

Jul 07, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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Sometimes, a cocktail exists only because of a specific plant, and this plant allows a truly unique cocktail to be born when it otherwise wouldn’t have existed. That is certainly the case with the Pink Elephant, which only exists because of the marula tree.

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The tree is indigenous to both Africa and Madagascar, where rural communities collect the marula fruit, which is in turn used to create the Amarula cream liqueur. The reason why the drink is named such is because elephants actually have a fondness for the fruit. Regardless, the Pink Elephant is a perfect fruit and creamy cocktail for a romantic setting or a dessert option.


  • 1 ½ ounces of Amarula cream
  • 1 ounce of chocolate liqueur
  • 3 ounces of raspberry puree
  • 2 ounces of merlot
  • 3 ounces of heavy cream
  • Ice


  1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the cream and sugar with ice, into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake, then strain into a martini glass.
  3. In the second cocktail shaker, combine the cream and sugar and shake, but without the ice (dry shake).
  4. Carefully layer the cream from the second cocktail shaker on top of the glass.
  5. Garnish with what you prefer.


  • 2 cocktail shakers
  • Martini glass

For those who want a garnish for the Pink Elephant, there are two common options: the raspberry, the mint sprig, or, if you are feeling decorative, both! The fruit/cream/merlot combination makes for a beautiful pink cocktail, which can fit perfect for any pink-themed event, whether it’s a birthday party, Valentine’s Day, or anything pink-related. Interestingly enough, marula fruit isn’t even just used in the cocktail world – it is also used to create an oil for the cosmetic sector, as well.

“Seeing pink elephants” has actually become a phrase with its own meaning, and in general, means that someone is either heavily intoxicated or experienced hallucinations. The phrase also was strengthened from the movie Dumbo, which features a lengthy and infamous sequence of pink elephants. There was even a series of nightclubs called “Pink Elephant” that began in NYC and briefly expanded to both Miami and the Hamptons. Regardless, the drink is great for a fruit and creamy option. Enjoy!



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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