The Weekly Cocktail Recipe: Nine Lives ‘The Pink Flamingo’

South London’s coolest new cocktail bar, Nine Lives will present ‘The Nine Lives of El Tigre’ for London Cocktail Week (October 2nd-5th). For one week only, legendary bartender El Tigre will bring his Mexican family’s seafood restaurant, Los Barcos, to Nine Lives – offering a selection of Don Julio tequila cocktails and authentic tacos.

Featuring Don Julio Blanco tequila, pistachio, fresh watermelon and white balsamic, Nine Lives’ The Pink Flamingo cocktail has been shortlisted as one of London’s top six signature creations, served throughout the week at £6 for London Cocktail Week Festival Pass holders, or for £9 with one of El Tigre’s tacos. Moreover, the drink can also be made at home, following this relatively simple recipe.


35ml Tequila Don Julio Blanco

15ml pistachio shrub (recipe below)

50ml watermelon juice

15ml lime juice

For the pistachio shrub

2 parts water
2 parts caster sugar
1 part pistachio (green, without skin)
1 part white balsamic


Shake & strain all ingredients over cubed ice.

At Nine Lives, the drink is then served in a ceramic skull with a watermelon popsicle (pictured).

To make the pistachio shrub

Crack pistachios with a knife for more infusion surface.
Gently warm the water and sugar to make a 1:1 syrup. Once all sugar has dissolved, add the pistachios, bring to a boil and lower to a gentle simmer.

Simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, add the vinegar and let it cool down. Once cooled, strain into clean glass bottles and refrigerate.

Also at Nine Lives during London Cocktail Week, Don Julio’s Master Distiller Enrique De Colsa will be in residence, hosting tequila talks & tastings in the afternoons. This is free for guests to drop by and delve a little deeper into Mexico’s favourite tipple, but places are limited so please contact [email protected] in advance. 

Further information on Nine Lives can be found here.


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