This drink is a great classic and belongs to a family of drinks known as the creme family. Here is an early printing of this drink:
Vittles and vice: an extraordinary guide to what’s cooking on … by Patricia Bronté in 1952
“PINK SQUIRREL COCKTAIL Pour 1 oz each of creme de noyau (apricot liqueur), cream, and white creme de cacao over shaved ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and float a touch of brandy on top.”
This drink is commonly believed to contain cream but early recipes call for no cream. Between 1975 – 1977 Hueblein Spirits claim this drink for themselves as seen here:
New York Magazine – May 9, 1977 – Page 31 Vol. 10, No. 19
“If almonds are your kind of nuts — you’ll leap at our new Pink Squirrel. The Pink Squirrel is luscious Creme de Almond … The Pink Squirrel: Why not start hoarding it now? THE HEUBLEIN PINK SQUIRREL.”
New York Magazine – Jun 27, 1977 – Page 32 Vol. 10, No. 26
“The Pink Squirrel: Why not start hoarding it now? THE HEUBLEIN PINK SQUIRREL. For delicious dessert recipes using Heublein’s Pink Squirrel”
This drink is sometimes confused with the pink lady and served with an egg white. Early recipes also call for this drink to be shaken over cracked ice. This drink has no location associated with it’s origins and it’s very likely Hueblein created this one themselves, even though there are no advertisements indicating them specfically in early publications.
This drink dates between 1948 – 1951 and contained at least as of then:
Shake with cracked ice.
Creme de Noyaux
Light Creme de cacao
Brandy (layered on top)
Serve over shaved ice in a cocktail glass.