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The Barbie Cocktail/Mocktail (Vegan, Naturally Colored, Low-Sugar, Refined Sugar Free Option)

After seeing Greta Gerwig's new Barbie movie, I just HAD to create some Barbie-inspired treats, and this is one of them! Believe it or not this is my first cocktail recipe on The Dimpled Date, and it's DELICIOUS! It's perfect to drink by the pool and ideal to "beach" with, and is sweet, fruity, bubbly, and ofc pink! The featured flavors are passion fruit, prickly pear, lemon, and vanilla bean, and this drink is 100% naturally colored, vegan, AND the simple syrup is refined sugar free (although the limoncello in the drink contains sugar). Yet this drink still doesn't sacrifice on flavor or pinkness. Luckily this drink isn't made of air, and you don't have to feel bad about drinking it because it's guilt-free (you don't ever have to feel guilty about drinking or eating anything anyway girl!). Who needs Ken anyways when you have this drink? Cheers!

I never eat refined sugar, but the one exception for me is cocktails. So long as the cocktails are vegan and gluten-free and made with vegan/GF booze, I'll still enjoy them even if they have sugar in them. For this cocktail recipe, the sugar-containing limoncello can be omitted and replaced with extra lemon juice, but it will still have other booze including vodka and Prosecco.

For a mocktail version of this drink, you can just use extra lemon juice, omit the vodka, and use unsweetened sparkling white grape juice (or sparkling water). All of these mocktail versions would also be refined sugar free.

I've already perfected another Barbie recipe: Barbie Mochi Ice Cream (my first time trying mochi)! These little mochi balls are SO good, and I'll be posting ASAP, and I'm also working on making Barbie Boba w/ a Pink Dalgona, so stay tuned...

For some of my other favorite pink recipes on The Dimpled Date, check out the following:

There are a few other pink recipes on The Dimpled Date, so check them out! (You can search my recipes by color through my "Find Recipes" page on the main menu and clicking "By Color" on the drop down ).

Are there any cocktails/mocktails that you wanna see me do? Like this post, and lmk in the comments!


For the passionfruit prickly pear syrup, you can substitute the store-bought prickly pear juice/cactus water with freshly juiced pink/red prickly pear fruit (this will be even more delicious and bright color-wise!). This is only possible if prickly pear fruit (cactus fruit) is in season where you live (winter, in most places in the U.S.). Or, you could try substituting dragon fruit juice for the prickly pear juice. Alternatively, you could replace the prickly pear juice with passionfruit juice. But please note that all of these variations will slightly change the flavor and color of the final drink. The fresh passionfruit in the syrup can be substituted with fresh prickly pear fruit (cactus fruit) OR fresh red dragon fruit (red pitaya). Note that you will still have to strain the final syrup and that these variations will change the flavor of the syrup. The maple syrup can be replaced with your light-colored sticky sweetener of choice, such as agave nectar, coconut nectar, honey (if not strictly vegan), OR yacón syrup. Alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup maple sugar (an unrefined sweetener made from crystallized maple syrup) per single batch plus more to taste (up to 1 cup total). You could try using a 100% sugar-free sweetener like pure monk fruit extract (w/ NO added erythritol, just monk fruit) to taste. The dragon fruit powder is optional and is for a more vibrant pink color. Instead of the dragon fruit powder, you can use natural/vegan pink/red food coloring of choice OR just enough beet powder to color (start w/ 1/4 tsp and add more 1/8 tsp at a time until desired color is reached).

For the drink itself, you can really use any pink simple syrup you want, like raspberry or strawberry (pref. naturally colored and refined sugar free), but please note that the drink WON'T taste the same as the OG recipe. This drink is meant to be made with prickly pear and passionfruit, so to change the flavors around kinda defeats the point of this unique, fruit-forward drink. The limoncello in this drink is optional, and can be replaced with freshly squeezed lemon juice (omitting the limoncello will also make this drink sugar-free). The vodka is preferable, but can be substituted with white or light rum. The lemon juice is necessary for this drink (the lemon flavor is key). But if you must, you can substitute it with lime juice OR freshly squeezed orange juice for a different flavor (both of which will still go really well w/ the prickly pear!). The pinch of ground vanilla beans is optional, but instead you could try a few drops pure vanilla extract. The splash of Prosecco can be replaced with unsweetened sparkling grape juice OR sparkling water/seltzer. For something a little different, you can try unsweetened kombucha in place of the Prosecco (this would be great for the mocktail version too).

For a mocktail, use extra lemon juice instead of the limoncello, the vodka can be replaced with coconut water OR filtered water (or you could try simply omitting the vodka), and the Prosecco can be substituted with unsweetened sparkling grape juice, sparkling water/seltzer, OR unsweetened kombucha of choice (pref. a fruity or floral flavor like lemon, passionfruit, prickly pear, or hibiscus). You can garnish with a lemon slice, a fresh pitted cherry, a chunk of dragon fruit, a chunk of fresh prickly pear fruit, or edible flowers (pref. pink/red/purple/magenta ones).

More Pink!!

More pink recipes journeying to from Barbieland are coming to a Real World computer near you soon! Stay tuned!



The Barbie Cocktail/Mocktail (Vegan, Naturally Colored, Low-Sugar, Refined Sugar Free Option)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 1 drink

Ingredients (for the passionfruit prickly pear syrup):

-1 cup unsweetened prickly pear juice (AKA cactus water // store-bought or homemade)

-1 cup pure maple syrup (can sub sticky sweetener of choice, such as agave)

-1 fresh passionfruit

-1 Tbsp red dragon fruit powder (AKA red pitaya powder) OR just enough vegan/natural pink/red food coloring to color (optional // for a more vibrant pink color)

Ingredients (for the drink):

-2 oz passionfruit prickly pear syrup (above)

-1/2 oz limoncello (optional // for sugar-free and mocktail versions, replace with extra lemon juice)

-1 oz vodka (for mocktail, replace with coconut water OR filtered water or omit)

-1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

-pinch pure ground vanilla beans (optional)

-splash Prosecco OR sparkling water (for mocktail, use unsweetened sparkling grape juice OR sparkling water/seltzer)

For garnish (optional):

-lemon wedge, a chunk of prickly pear fruit, or a chunk of dragon fruit

-a fresh cherry, pitted

-edible flowers (pref. pink, purple, or red ones)


1. For the passionfruit prickly pear syrup: open up the passionfruit and scrape the sticky yellow fruit (incl. seeds) into a small saucepan and add the prickly pear juice, maple syrup, and dragon fruit powder. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the dragon fruit powder is dissolved, then remove from the heat and strain the syrup to remove the passionfruit seeds. Add the strained syrup to a bottle, jar, or bowl and chill in the fridge until ready to use. P.S. the syrup makes enough for several drinks.

2. For the drink: add the syrup, limencello, vodka, lemon juice, and pinch of ground vanilla beans to a shaker filled 1/3 of the way with ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass or your glass of choice. Top off with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with a lemon wedge, a pitted cherry, edible flowers, and/or a skewered ball of prickly pear fruit or red dragon fruit (made from scooping w/ a melon baller).

3. Serve and sip to make all your pink Barbie dreams come true! Enjoy!

Drink should be consumed right away, but syrup can be stored in a closed bottle, sealed jar/bowl, or airtight container in the fridge for up to a month.

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