1 egg white
1 spoon of grenadine
5 cl of Plymouth gin
The Pink Lady cocktail is a light, slender drink, with a splendid pink color, one of the typical aperitifs that once upon a time, with a good dose of sexism, was defined as feminine. Suitable for ladies: as if there were sexually sensitive papillae …
In any case, the Pink Lady does not know anyone, for the simple reason that it is a very slight variant of the Clover Club, a historic cocktail made with gin, raspberry syrup, lemon juice and egg white. If you check the ingredients, the Pink Lady cocktail is similar, but it includes gin, grenadine and egg white. Small differences, but which change the attitude of the cocktail. In any case, the recipes are both present, with their respective names, in the Savoy Cocktail Book and this means that our friend Harry Craddock kept them separate. And if he did it, we can too.
History of the Pink Lady cocktail
There are various and imaginative theories that clumsily try to justify the origin of this aperitif cocktail. Some say it was born in the wake of a play from 1911, of which Hazel Down was the protagonist. Not that it matters much after all. The fact is that he became famous when it became known in the magazines that the diva Jayne Mansfield baptized every meal with a Pink Lady before starting. And so it became a quintessential feminine cocktail.
Be careful not to confuse Pink with the White Lady, of which she is a sworn enemy. You can’t go wrong the White Lady is white and made with gin, triple sec and lemon.
The recipe we provide you with the Pink Lady is that of Craddock, as it is in the Savoy: a certainty.
Ingredients and doses to make the Pink Lady cocktail
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon of grenadine
- 1 glass of Plymouth gin, 5 cl is a good ration
How to make the Pink Lady cocktail
Put all the ingredients in an ice-free shaker, shake for 1 minute, add some ice and shake to cool. Pour by filtering with a colander into a cold cup. Serve.