As you may already know, Legally Blonde celebrated its 15th anniversary this past Wednesday. Can you believe that it has already been 15 years since Reese Witherspoon starred as Elle Woods, a Valley girl who one-ups her Harvard-bound boyfriend by enrolling at the university’s law school after he jilts her?! I decided we should celebrate with a cocktail so am introducing Pink Citroenade – The Bend and Snap!
While this storyline might not seem one that would typically appeal to me, the truth is that it is such a reminder of my youngest daughter; she of the Clueless, New Kids on the Block, "Gilmore Girls" and Legally Blonde generation. Too old for animated features and too young to go by herself, I sat through many a movie that I might not have chosen to attend by myself so that I could take her. And some of them were just cute enough that I enjoyed them too.
I’ve always liked Reese Witherspoon; she pretty much exudes wholesomeness so I figure why not and I ended up enjoying it with Lauren, not just for Lauren. I have to admit the bit about bending and snapping was not exactly what I saw myself teaching my daughter that day but it’s become a quintessential memory of that movie and I decided the perfect name for the perky cocktail (yes, perky…watch the clip if you don’t know!)
I know this would be an Elle-approved cocktail. Some lime juice, pomegranate simple syrup and ginger beer are mixed with Ketel One’s Citroen (Lemon) Vodka and as pretty as it is; it’s still filled with enough zing to be totally adult in all of it’s pink glory! So fire up Netflix, make yourself and friends a drink or two and laugh along with Elle while she figures out exactly what she got herself in for!
Here’s to a lighthearted comedy; some days we need silly to escape from the everyday reality and this works for me and hope it does for you too…Cheers!
Pink Citroenade (The Bend and Snap!)
- 1.5 oz. Ketel One Citroen® Flavored Vodka
- 1.5 oz. Lime juice
- 1 oz. Pomegranate syrup (see notes)
- 1 oz. Ginger beer, chilled
- Combine the vodka, lime juice and pomegranate simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until very cold; about 10 times.
- Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.
- Top with the chilled ginger beer stir, and garnish with a lime wedge.
Pomegranate syrup is half pomegranate juice and half sugar heated until the sugar dissolves and then refrigerated.
I only had some small bottles of pomegranate/cranberry juice so I used them...worked fine!
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