Pink Lady Cocktail

Pink Lady Cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
217 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 217
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 9g
Calcium 163mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The pink lady is a classic cocktail with a light blush color and it's not as sweet as modern pink martinis. This was one of the first "girly drinks" and a favorite among high society ladies from the 1930s through the '50s. Not just for women, it has an inviting flavor that any fan of fine cocktails—including the very similar Clover Club—will enjoy.

The pink lady has a much drier, gently tart flavor than one might expect from its name. Unlike many of today's pink cocktails, it gets a slight fruity sweetness from the grenadine, but the botanicals of a good gin still shine and provide a nice balance of flavor. The drink's soft profile will mix well with almost any gin and each will create an entirely new experience.

The key to any egg cocktail is to shake it longer than you would most drinks to ensure that everything is mixed well. The egg creates a foamy top on the pink liquid and creates a spectacular looking cocktail. If you prefer, you can simply skip the egg without greatly impacting the flavor of the drink. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe ingredients
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe
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  3. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe
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  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe
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  5. Garnish with a cherry.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Tips

  • 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 is equally delightful with any of the lighter gins, such as Hendrick's, Aviation, or any other new gin you come across.
  • 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 good applejack. Other apple brandies make a good substitute.
  • To really ensure the egg is mixed into the drink, dry shake it first. Before adding ice, give all the ingredients a good 30-second shake. Fill the shaker with ice, then shake again for 30 seconds, or until your arms get tired.
  • Before adding an egg to any drink, give it a quick freshness test. Fill a tall glass with cold water, add the egg, and if it sinks to the bottom and turns to the side it's very fresh. Floating eggs should be discarded.

How Strong Is the Pink Lady?

The pink lady may be a pretty little cocktail, but she does pack a punch! Yet, it's really no different than the average classic martini-style cocktail which are often made primarily of liquor. Assuming you opt to include the egg white, you can expect this cocktail to weigh in around 25 percent ABV (50 proof).