Pink Lady
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Pink Lady
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The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail that boasts a vibrant pink hue and smooth, frothy texture, a result from the unique combination of gin, grenadine, and a touch of ... more The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail that boasts a vibrant pink hue and smooth, frothy texture, a result from the unique combination of gin, grenadine, and a touch of egg. The inclusion of egg emulsifies the mixture, giving it a creamy consistency and a silky mouthfeel. Its sweet and tart flavor profile comes primarily from grenadine, a pomegranate-based syrup, which balances the botanical notes of gin, resulting in a delightfully balanced drink. Served in an elegant cocktail glass and traditionally garnished with a cherry, the Pink Lady is a staple of early 20th-century American cocktail culture and continues to be enjoyed for its aesthetic appeal and refreshing taste.
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Cocktail cherry
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38.71% | 1.2 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Pink Lady

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a cherry and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history of the Pink Lady cocktail?

The Pink Lady cocktail hails from the early 20th century, becoming popular in the 1930s. It's often associated with a feminine appeal due to its pink color, attributed to the grenadine. The origins are somewhat murky, but it's believed to have been created as a fashionable drink for high society, evolving over time to include ingredients like applejack in some variations.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Pink Lady cocktail shaken and not stirred?

The Pink Lady cocktail is shaken to thoroughly combine the egg white with the other ingredients, resulting in a smooth, frothy texture that wouldn't be achieved by stirring. Shaking introduces air into the mixture, creating a light and foamy consistency that is characteristic of the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Is there a substitute for egg white in the Pink Lady cocktail for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, for those with dietary restrictions or who are vegan, aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas) is a popular substitute for egg white in cocktails. It can be used in the same proportion as egg white to create a similar frothy texture without using animal products.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the Pink Lady compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 38.71%, the Pink Lady has a moderately high alcohol concentration compared to many classic cocktails. It's stronger than light cocktails like the Aperol Spritz but not as strong as spirit-forward cocktails like the Martini or Manhattan.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal occasion to serve the Pink Lady cocktail?

The Pink Lady, with its elegant appearance and refreshing taste, is ideal for cocktail parties, romantic dinners, or as a pre-dinner drink. Its vibrant color and sophisticated flavor profile make it a delightful choice for celebrations or when you want to impress your guests with a classic yet unique cocktail.

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