Pink Lady

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There are approximately 184 calories in one serving of Pink Lady.

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Pink Lady image

Serve in a

Coupe glass


Luxardo Maraschino cherry

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and strain back into shaker. DRY SHAKE (without ice) and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1/2 fl oz Applejack brandy
3/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
5/12 fl oz Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup
1/6 fl oz Giffard Grenadine syrup
1/2 fl oz Egg white

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Hazardous ingredients

Egg white is potentially hazardous if used incorrectly.


The Secret Cocktail or the Pink Shimmy


A generous measure of gin and high proof applejack provide spirituous spice which, along with lemon juice sourness, ensures that although pink this cocktail is neither sweet nor weak. Indeed, this is a very tasty sour. So tasty, that to spare this Lady's blushes, our friend Ted "Dr Cocktail" Haigh would prefer you refer to it as "The Secret Cocktail."


With the addition of half a shot apple brandy.


The first known reference to the Pink Lady is in Jacques Straub's 1913 Manual of Mixed Drinks with the following recipe:
"½ Jigger Lime juice.
½ Jigger gin.
½ Jigger Apple Jack
5 Dashes Grenadine.
Shake well.
Later recipes such as the one in Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book omit the hard to obtain applejack (at least for UK bartenders) and in its place add egg white to produce an all-round fluffy affair.

The cocktail is probably named in honour of the American actress Hazel Dawn (1890-1988) who played "The Pink Lady" lead role in the 1911 Broadway hit musical comedy, The Pink Lady by Ivan Caryll. She rose to fame playing this role and subsequently appeared in 15 feature films but always retained The Pink Lady nickname.

The cocktail's creator is not recorded but it is sometimes attributed to the American actress and interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1859-1950).

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