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Pink Lady

The Classic Pink Lady Cocktail was a high society favorite during the mid century. Slightly tart in taste with just a touch of sweetness and a blush of color topped with foam… This cocktail is a stunner and we’re ready to bring it back into the modern spotlight!

Foam on top of pink cocktails.

Pink Lady Cocktail

Looking for a fresh, fun drink for your next girl’s night or maybe for Valentine’s Day date night? The Pink Lady is just what you need! This classic cocktail isn’t as sweet as some of the typical pink drinks of today’s standard.

While no one knows exactly where this fun little libation came from, we do know it was created sometime during prohibition where gin ruled behind closed doors. However, that gin obviously wasn’t of the best quality and imbibers had to get a little creative to mask some of the more unappetizing flavors.

Throw in some grenadine or cherry simple syrup and lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a winner! The Pink Lady quickly became a favorite with high society women once prohibition ended and better gin was available. The pink color was inviting and fun, and the drink was just the right amount of tart and sweet.

The traditional egg white foam that tops the drink gives it an iconic look (you can now use whipped cream for a similar effect if the egg white scares you off). Take a trip back in time and indulge in a little decadence with this lovely drink, all with a cherry on top!

This pink lady cocktail is great served at brunch with a Dutch Baby Pancake and a side of Home Fries and maybe a sweet dessert like Cinnamon Roll Peach Cobbler or a scoop of Pumpkin Crisp (for those of us that enjoy pumpkin year round).

Key Ingredients

  • gin: Use the gin of your choice. We recommend one that doesn’t have additional infused flavors.
  • fresh lemon juice: Concentrate can be substituted but you may need to adjust for flavor.
  • grenadine: Adjust to your taste.
  • egg: We’re using just the egg white for this recipe. See our tips for an alternative suggestion!
  • ice: To make things nice and chilled and add a little extra foam to the cocktail. 
Ingredients needed for a pink lady cocktail.

Pink Lady Cocktail

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  2. Now add in the ice and shake for another 10-15 seconds (for a less foamy cocktail, add the ice in step 1).
  3. Strain the drink into one or two chilled glasses. Use a spoon to scoop out the frothed egg white onto the cocktail for that classic look. Enjoy immediately! Cheers!
Collage showing how to make a pink lady.

Tips and Variations

  • Feel free to use whatever gin you prefer. Just know that if you choose an infused gin, it will alter the taste of the drink. A simple gin is best.
  • To get that foamy look of the drink, add the ice in step 2 as opposed to in step 1.
  • A great alternative to the raw egg white is a bit of whipped cream.
  • The amount of grenadine you use is all up to your specific taste. Feel free to add more or less, it will alter the color of the drink slightly.
  • For a creamy version, add a splash of heavy cream to the cocktail.
Close up view of foam on a pink cocktail.

Storage

Storage: Our pink lady cocktail is best enjoyed freshly made.

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Side view of pink lady with a sweet cherry.

Pink Lady

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 (3 ounce) Drinks

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ½ ounces fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine adjust to taste
  • 1 egg white
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add the gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  • Add the ice and shake for another 10-15 seconds.
  • Strain into two chilled glasses. Use a spoon to scoop out the frothed egg white onto the cocktail. Enjoy immediately!

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cocktail. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 31mg | Sugar: 4g
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