Cocktail Friday: Birthday Cake Cocktail (a.k.a., the Kretchma)

The name of this cocktail is not “birthday cake.”

But… look at it! It’s so pretty!

It’s not fair that I found this cocktail– that looks like pink lemonade and tastes like birthday cake– in a book called Drinkology. And that Drinkology told me its name was…

The Kretchma. 

I mean, seriously?! Its name has “retch” right in the middle of it! Something so pretty should not remind you viscerally of, well, you know.

But I mixed it up once I read the descriptor– a light, pink concoction that reminded the writer of birthday cake. Here are the ingredients:

birthday cake cocktail

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon grenadine
  • lemon wheel or twist to garnish
  1. In a shaker over ice, combine the ingredients, except for the garnish.
  2. Shake until pale and lightly frothy.
  3. Strain into a martini glass, or a fancy little number like I did above
  4. Garnish with your lemon accoutrement.
This is a light and easy to drink cocktail that smells like chocolate and really, really does taste like birthday cake!
I just refuse to call it a “Kretchma.”
Happy Friday, everyone!

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  1. What a beautiful color! I agree – that name is . . . awful. I feel like it should be named something hopelessly over the top and romantic – like “Kiss at Summer Sunset” or something equally sappy. ;)

  2. i bookmarked another recipe on that page, never even LOOKING at this recipe because of the horrible name. but i had all the ingredients, so i figured, “why not?” and now, i need to start a petition to re-name the drink. it’s too good.

  3. isn’t it? who decrees these things? it’s like how in german, butterfly is “schmetterling.” just CHANGE it, dudes.

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