Jul 14, 2012

Pink Lady Anyone?? A Classic Cocktail...

I've been trawling through all the archives of my cocktail recipe books,
and came across the Pink Lady,
which was a rather fetchingly-named drink 
in much demand at those glamorous 1930s cocktail parties,
which we looked at in our series.

It was actually quite delicious,
if somewhat potent.
But the colour was truly fabulous - rather an eye-catching drink 
to serve at the beginning of the evening when you need something
fun to serve guests.

Pink Lady Cocktail

1 measure (25 ml/1 fluid ounce) gin
4 dashes grenadine
1 dash egg white

Pour into a cocktail shaker, shake vigorously to allow the 
egg white to amalgamate. 
Add generous ice to the shaker,
& shake again, then strain into martini glass.

This makes one - so just multiply per number of guests.
We used Bombay Sapphire - but just use your favourite gin
because the flavour really shines through,
despite the colour! 
The eggwhite creates a very smooth texture,
and "holds" the grenadine
in what can only be described as a lustred suspension.
Everybody was alarmed when I put it in,
but all agreed it made for a very s-m-o-o-t-h drink. 

Oh, and dressing in pink is optional. 

images :: cocktails blue fruit


  1. Yes I can imagine quite potent but very pretty!

  2. Oh how wonderful, I think I might order this at the weekend.

  3. Susan Browne14/7/12 9:05 PM

    excellant! - could you think of some '30s dance tunes to go with it please?

  4. How does one add a dash of egg white?

    1. That was my thought exactly when I read the recipe! But it isn't as impossible as it sounds. You stir it with a fork, then add a dash of the wrist's worth, and voila - a dash of eggwhite it is. I don't think it has to be too exact, as most of it gets strained out anyway. But for 4 cocktails, I added about half of an eggwhite. Of course, you could just make this easy and make up cocktails for 8, using one whole egg white.

  5. Hmmm... can I use vodka rather than gin?

    1. Yes of course you can Ann! Although it wouldn't be quite the 1930s version. Gin was the most popular spirit, largely because it was cheap to make both in the Depression, and in the US, during Prohibition.

      But there are variations of a Pink Lady in different cocktail books - some have Aplejack or lemon juice added. Some use more eggwhite ( 1 for 2 glasses) and towards the end of the 30s cream was often added too.

      My husband actually snuck some Cointreau into his - which was really delicious. A bit more like a White Lady in taste, but pink.

  6. a pink lady!!!
    i always wanted to know what was in one.

    sounds yummy!


  7. love it! The color is divine!

  8. YAY - i adore the pink Virginia - how awesome is this.. Yummy I wan't to come to your cocktail party :)
    Have a great sunday sweets


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