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 story line 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 wholesome 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
- Lime wedges
- 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!