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Drink Pink! New York Cocktails 'n' Bites That Give Back During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 9, 2018 - by Regina Molaro
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It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many benevolent New York City spots are uniting to support this important cause. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk for a woman in the United States is about 12%. Let's think pink and support research and other efforts for the crusade against breast cancer. These NYC destinations are donating a percentage of proceeds to charities that support the cause. Cheers to that!

TAO Group 


Buttermilk Panna Cotta Cocktail. Photo: TAO Group

Through its charity branch TAO Cares, TAO Group announces its mission to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the entire month, all of TAO Group’s destinations nationwide—including New York’s TAO Uptown, TAO Downtown, Lavo Italian Restaurant, Bodega Negra, Vandal, Beauty & Essex, The Stanton Social, Legasea, and Egghead will raise funds through TAO's #DrinkPink campaign and special “pink” desserts. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. TAO's initiative revolves around specialty cocktails made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, and lime. Tito’s has vowed to match up to $45,000 raised from TAO Care’s sales. In addition, 10% of proceeds from select rosé glass and bottle sales including Dom Perignon Rosé, Moet Nectar Rosé, and Notorious Pink Rosé will benefit the campaign.

5 Under Forty

The Hudson Hotel and Ocean Prime New York have teamed up with New York charity 5 Under Forty to offer cocktails for a cause. It’s time to drink pink! For every cocktail sold during the entire month of October, a portion of proceeds will benefit 5 Under Forty, whose mission is to promote funding for medical, wellness, and beauty services to women under the age of 40 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have tested positive for the BRCA gene. 123 W. 52nd St., 212-956-1404,

Hudson Bar at Hudson Hotel

The ultra-stylish and swanky Hudson Hotel offers its Pink Lady this month—a pretty pink cocktail made with raspberry vodka and triple sec with a splash of lime and cranberry juice. 358 W. 58th St., 212-554-6217, 

Ocean Prime New York

Ocean Prime—an upscale seafood destination—offers its Prime Margarita for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It features Don Julio Blanco Tequila, a splash of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and lime, as well as agave nectar and Monin Ruby Red Grapefruit Syrup. 123 W. 52nd St., 212-956-1404,

The Regency Bar & Grill 


The Pink-politan, at The Regency Bar & Grill.

This month, The Regency Bar & Grill is offering its Pink-politan, which was inspired by the classic Cosmopolitan. It is crafted with Grey Goose Vanilla, Cointreau, fresh lime, and cranberry juice. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 540 Park Ave., NY 212-339-4050,

Sugar Factory

Pretty in Pink cocktail at Sugar Factory

During the month of October, Sugar Factory is offering a limited edition Pretty in Pink milkshake for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be available at both New York City locations, One dollar of every milkshake sold will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Locations are available in the Meatpacking District and Upper West Side (reservations for both locations, 212-414-8700),

Tit’s & Cocktails Event

Sip to support the cause! Melanin Action Network is hosting a Tit’s & Cocktails happy hour event on October 18th at Nzuri Lounge (1200 Fulton St., Brooklyn, The fun kicks off at 6pm and ends at 10pm. Proceeds from the $6 drink special offerings will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The happy hour festivities will include music, food, and karaokeFor tickets, visit here.

Beyond pink drinks and desserts, some eateries are joining the crusade.

Otto’s Tacos

Otto's Tacos

Photo: Molly Tavoletti

All Otto’s Tacos locations will offer their signature protein-rich and veggie tacos in pink tortillas (made by tinting the tortilla dough with natural food coloring). Otto’s will generously donate 10% of the proceeds to American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

Sons of Thunder

Sons of Thunder Poke Bowl

Pink Poke Bowl at Sons of Thunder. Photo: Molly Tavoletti

The Murray Hill and new FiDi locations of Sons of Thunder—the California and Hawaii-inspired poke eatery—will offer a pink poke bowl featuring fresh cut ahi tuna, pickled ginger, pickled onions, watermelon radish, and pomegranate seeds. Sons of Thunder will proudly donate 20% of the proceeds from each purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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