Try the Delicious Pink Lady, She's Not as Sweet as She Looks

Pink Lady Cocktail
Sweet, pink, and a fabulous gin martini. What more could you want from a classic like the Pink Lady?. Josh Kearns / Photographer's Choice RF / Getty Images
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
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The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail that has a light blush color from by a few dashes of grenadine. It was one of the first "girly drinks" and a favorite of the high society ladies from the 1930s through the 1950s.

This cocktail is very enjoyable because it's not too sweet. Unlike many of today's pink cocktails, it has a slight fruity sweetness from the grenadine, but the botanicals of a good gin still shine and provide a nice flavor contrast. The Pink Lady has a much drier, gently tart flavor profile than one might expect from its name.

The key to any egg cocktail such is to shake it longer than you would most cocktails to ensure that everything is mixed well. The egg also makes a great foamy top on the pink liquid and creates a spectacular looking cocktail. If you prefer, you can simply skip the egg. Omitting the egg, will not greatly impact the flavor of the drink. 

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the cherry.

More Tips for Making a Great Pink Lady

The Gin: The Pink Lady is the ideal cocktail for a little gin experimentation. It can work well with the traditional London dry gins like Beefeater and Tanqueray and it is equally delightful with any of the new gins.

Experiment with the flavor of The Pink Lady by using Hendrick's, Aviation, or any other new gin.

The soft profile of the drink will mix well with almost any gin and each will be an entirely new experience, showcasing the specific gin flavors.

The Applejack: Applejack is an old-fashioned apple brandy that is making a slow and steady comeback. It was very popular to use in classic cocktails like this and it's worth the effort to seek out a good applejack.

Tip: Laird's is the best-known applejack and it is rather easy to find.

Small distilleries are often your best source for a quality applejack. It's one of the easiest distilled spirits for craft distillers to produce and they often source their apples locally. Many local distilleries in apple growing regions will have their own locally sourced applejack. There are many applejack based cocktails that showcase the distinct flavor of applejack. 

How Strong is the Pink Lady Cocktail?

The Pink Lady may be a pretty little cocktail, but she does pack a punch. Yet, she is no different than the average classic martini-style cocktail because they're often made primarily of liquor. Assuming an 80-proof gin and applejack and you do opt to include the egg white, you can expect the Pink Lady to weigh in around 25% ABV (50 proof).

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 217
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium 184 mg
Carbohydrates 3 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Protein 9 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)