Pink Lady

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This Pink Lady Cocktail is the perfect drink to sip on at brunch! It features gin with a splash of lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white to create a creamy and foamy finish. This cocktail is slightly tart, a little bit sweet, and absolutely delicious! 

Foam on top of pink cocktails.

Easy Pink Lady Cocktail

Looking for a fresh, fun drink for your next girl’s night, brunch get together, or date night? This pink lady cocktail is it! 

This classic cocktail is believed to have been created sometime during prohibition, when gin ruled behind closed doors.

Then, the gin was less than good, so everyone had to get a little bit creative to mask some of the unappetizing flavors. That’s where the grenadine and lemon juice come in!

Fortunately, we have good gin now. So this drink is just really good! 

Ingredients Needed

  • Gin: Just use the gin of your choice. I recommend one that doesn’t have any flavors infused.
  • Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice is best, but a bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch. 
  • Grenadine: Add as much or as little as you would like. 
  • Egg: I like to use an egg white to make the drink nice and foamy. See the tips section for an egg-free alternative.
  • Ice: To make the cocktail nice and chilled and make it extra foamy.
Ingredients needed for a pink lady cocktail.

How to Make a Pink Lady Drink

Scroll to the recipe card below for full instructions and ingredient amounts!

This simple and tasty pink lady cocktail recipe is ready to drink in a quick 5 minutes! 

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white. Shake well, then add ice and shake for another 10-15 seconds. 
Cocktail ingredients in a drink shaker.
  1. Strain the mixture into two chilled glasses, scoop the frothed egg out on top, then enjoy.
Drink shaker pouring a cocktail.

Tips and Variations

  • Use a simple gin. Any gin with other flavors infused will alter the taste of the drink. For this one, simple is best! 
  • To get that foamy look, add the ice in step 2, not step 1. 
  • Use less or more grenadine. This is all up to your tastes! Feel free to add more or less to taste. Keep in mind that it will alter the color of the drink slightly. 
  • Serve right away. Once the drink is all mixed up, it is best served immediately. 
  • Chill the glasses. Colder glasses keep the cocktail chilled for longer. 
  • Make it egg-free. Swap the raw egg white out for a little bit of whipped cream to achieve that same frothy texture. 
  • Make it creamy. Try adding a splash of heavy cream to the shaker before mixing.

Serving Suggestions

A pink lady cocktail is a classic brunch pairing, so I love to serve it with a whole breakfast spread…dessert included!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make with this pink lady drink recipe:


This pink lady drink is best served immediately. I do not recommend storing it for later. The ice will melt and dilute the drink and it will no longer be foamy!

Several glasses filled with pink cocktail.

Why Is It Called a Pink Lady?

Because it’s pink! A pink lady cocktail is sweetened with a splash of grenadine, which gives it its signature subtle cherry flavor and turns it a lovely pink color. 

What is the Difference Between Pink Lady and White Lady?

A pink lady cocktail and a white lady cocktail are similar in most of their ingredients. Both are gin cocktails that are made with fresh lemon juice and egg white. 

The key difference is that a pink lady is turned pink by using a little bit of grenadine. A white lady is not. 

What Percentage of Alcohol is in a Pink Lady?

You can safely assume that a traditional pink lady is about 25 percent ABV (alcohol by volume). Some may be slightly higher. So, drink with care! 

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Side view of pink lady with a sweet cherry.

Pink Lady

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ½ ounce grenadine, adjust to taste
  • 1 egg white
  • ice


  • Add the gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
    3 ounces gin
    1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
    ½ ounce grenadine
    1 egg white
  • 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!

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*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.
*Swap the egg white with whipped cream for an egg free version.
*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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