Drink the rainbow: Colorful cocktails

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Time to get your Pride on! To help you celebrate Pride Month, we’ve researched a number of rainbow cocktails suitable for June — or all summer long. These quenchers have been designed to refresh — and their bright color bars will remind you and your guests of all that we have to celebrate.

Coconut rainbow

Simple is sometimes best, and this concoction can be quick and easy. You’ll need:


2 oz. Malibu coconut rum

1 oz. Midori melon liqueur

3-4 oz. pineapple juice

1 splash cranberry juice


Fill a highball glass with ice cubes, then add the Malibu rum. Add the Midori liqueur, which should sink to the bottom. Gently add pineapple juice, then add the cranberry juice. Do not mix. If you’ve done this correctly, the colors should be layered green, yellow and red from the bottom up.

The double rainbow

Is anything more visually inspiring than a double rainbow? You can simulate it in a glass by creating rainbow ice cubes. Add droplets of different food coloring to each section of your ice cube tray and freeze. That was the easy part. You’ll also need:


1 oz. vodka

1 oz. elderflower liqueur

4 oz. club soda

4 dashes grapefruit bitters

Lemon and lime peel, cut into star shapes 


Fill a tall glass with rainbow ice cubes — two cubes per color — then add ingredients and garnish with citrus stars.

Orange peel Jello shots

Good hosts and hostesses know presentation is as important as preparation, and these little beauties will impress everyone.


Several large oranges

Different colors of gelatin mix

Choice of vodka, gin or tequila


Cut oranges in half and carve out interiors until you have empty orange shells. (The interior can be saved for fresh-squeezed juice.)

Prepare different colors of gelatin, according to the directions on the package. Depending on the size of the batch, add either one or two cups of chilled vodka, gin or tequila to the mix. Stir until the powder dissolves.

Pour the different colored gelatin mixtures into the orange “cups” and chill in the refrigerator for several hours or until solid. Once solid, carefully turn the orange halves upside down with rind up on a cutting board and slice into ample-sized wedges. The gelatin mixture should cling to the rind.

Turn the wedges over and display them on a serving platter, carefully alternating the different colors into a rainbow pattern. 

Nuclear rainbow

Houston’s Komodo’s Pub came up with this little depth charge, and if you’re not careful, one blast could sink your boat. In addition to two cocktail shakers, you’ll need:


1 oz. Midori melon liqueur

1 oz. Bacardi 151 Rum

1 oz. Blue Curaçao liqueur

1 splash sweet-and-sour mix

1 splash grenadine


In the first shaker, add the Midori and sweet-and-sour mix and shake with ice. Do the same in a second shaker with the Bacardi 151 and the Blue Curaçao. Pour the Midori mixture into a cocktail glass, then sink a small amount of grenadine though the mixture to the bottom. Carefully layer the Bacardi and Blue Curaçao mixture on top.

Feeling brave? Push a cocktail straw into the grenadine and try to drink it all down. (You may want to sit down for this.)

Rainbow sangria

This little refresher, prepared by the glass, is all about the fruit. 


1 cup white wine

2–3 tbsp. fresh orange juice

1 tbsp. apple, pear or other fruit juice

1–2 tbsp. ginger ale or other soft drink of choice

1 tbsp. brandy (optional)

A selection of multi-colored fruit, which may include strawberries, blackberries, tangerine wedges, kiwi and pineapple chunks.


Make sure the wine and juice have been properly chilled. Stack the fruit in rainbow order in a tall glass, Pour in wine and fruit juice. Top with ginger ale and brandy, then serve.

Rainbow 7 

By now you’ve seen that rainbow cocktails are all about choosing or creating different colored ingredients and “stacking” them in the glass. With that in mind, the Rainbow 7 may be the easiest to understand and create. You’ll need one “part” each of the following ingredients:


Crème de Cacao

Crème de Violette

Yellow Chartreuse

Maraschino liqueur


Green Chartreuse



In a tall liqueur glass, add each ingredient carefully so that they do not mix — alternating colors for the maximum rainbow effect. Then sit back and sip.