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

Pink Lady Cocktail recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
217 Calories
7g Fat
3g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail
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 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. 


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 with ice cubes.

    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 the cherry.

    Pink Lady Cocktail recipe
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  6. Serve and enjoy!


  • 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.

How Strong Is the Pink Lady?

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 percent ABV (50 proof).