Happy Hour: Lover's Leap, A Pink Bourbon Cocktail

Lovers Leap Bourbon Cocktail With A Twist | Dine X Design There's something about pink fruity cocktails that just makes some mouths pucker / cringe with the thought of overly sweet drinks, kitschy decor and little tropical umbrellas...which is unfortunate, because we luuurve everything about that whole tiki experience (it's a lifestyle  after all, pineapple shirts & dresses encouraged).

The pink-hue trend has had a recent resurgence, surprisingly conjuring up sophisticated (and rock n roll) style applications across the board. The color is a vibrant pigment being applied to kitchen and dining room decor, but we're seeing it also shaking up the  typical cocktail.

Fragrant. Feminine, not overtly girly...the new wave of pink drinks is bringing something unexpected and minimalist to cocktail hour.

Above Image: Kristin GuyMinimalist Pink Cocktail Styling Ideas | Dine X Design
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Relying on color alone, little pageantry (or accessorizing) is needed when putting together a beautifully blush cocktail. Clear statement glassware allows the color of the drink play center stage.

Where there might be some  still discouraged by this trend on pigment alone, we've devised a way of swaying you into a spunk-filled pink cocktail without you having to locate your local palm-thatched hut.

Let's just say that pink has taken over our lives these days...and we're adding in some bourbon.

We've asked resident DxD cocktail consultant and Austin-based bartender, Becca Yannone to tell us about her take on the perfectly pink (late afternoon...or early evening) happy hour pick-me-up.

Welcome our new spring fling: Lover's Leap.

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Bourbon. A perfect spirit.
It needs no embellishment, except maybe a single cube. With the arrival of  spring... and summer soon at our doorstep, we're finding the need to chant "tiki, tiki, tiki" (as a celebration of the season) under our breath. Bourbon, is the perfect spirit to mix things up - I created "Lover's Leap" as my personal drink-translation of falling into spring. It's Basically a spring fling with bourbon... where you two are the hot commodity and rum is giving you the eyes.
~Becca Yannone

Lovers Leap Cocktail Pink Bourbon Recipe | Dine X Design

Image: Kristin Guy

"Lovers Leap" Pink Bourbon Cocktail

1 oz bourbon
.5 oz campari
.5 oz cocchi rosa
1 oz pineapple
.25 lime juice
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Shaken - double strained - served in a coupe

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Pink Bourbon Cocktail Recipe Lovers Leap | Dine X Deisgn Image: Kristin Guy

 We have pink fever! Put it in our kitchen counters, on our dining rooms walls and most definitely in our cocktails!

Have you come down with a case of rose-tinted needs as well!? We want to hear about how this hue is taking over your style!

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UPDATE: Contest Closed 

In fact, Want to add a little pink into your styling routine? 

We're giving away 4 peppy pieces from CB2 to kick start your own #dxdpinkmeup!

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Contest Details:
  1. Like @dinexdesign on  instagram
  2. Post a pink style inspiration image (food, kitchen, dining room or homewares) to instagram and tag with the hashtag #dxdpinkmeup
  3. Images can be found inspiration or your very own original twist on styling with pink accents - winner will be chosen Friday 5/16 - multiple entries welcome!
Prize includes 4 CB2 items to add into your prop styling collection
[pictured above]: 
marta pink double old-fashioned glass
roundish pink mini bowl
intermix pink plate
focus placemat
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 For more pink styling inspiration check out the 

#dxdpinkmeup pinterest board
Disclosure: This contest is not sponsored by CB2, All prize items provided by DineXDesign