The Pink Lady cocktail is another drink that originated from the Prohibition era.
A variant of the White Lady cocktail, the original recipe calls for gin, apple brandy, grenadine for tartness, lemon juice and egg white. The ingredients are similar to the Clover Club and you can substitute aquafaba for egg white if you’re after a vegan-friendly cocktail.
The drink gets its pink colour from grenadine and tends to be associated with “girly” drinks. This is far from the truth thanks to the use of applejack, a distilled spirit which imparts a good kick to the cocktail.
The Pink Lady is slightly fruity from the grenadine and works well with the botanicals of the gin. We like it in a London Dry style gin that’s juniper forward though you could also use an elegant floral gin with a juniper backbone.
If you’re looking to impress with a cocktail for Valentine’s day or a romantic occasion, here’s how to make the Pink Lady.
Pink Lady Cocktail Recipe
- 45 ml gin
- 15 ml applejack or brandy
- 20 ml lemon juice
- 7 ml grenadine
- 1 egg white
Glassware: Nick and Nora
In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients including the egg white and dry shake. Add ice and shake vigorously until cold. Strain into a chilled coupette or Nick and Nora glass.
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