The Gin Professors
The Pink Lady
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve been trying our hand at making pink cocktails. First up: The Pink Lady.
The Pink Lady speaks to one of our other passions -- theatre. The cocktail’s origins are murky, but it is widely believed that the cocktail we know today was named after the hit 1912 musical, The Pink Lady. The drink became popular and survived through Prohibition to become the classic ladies drink for its rosy color and lighter alcohol content.
We love it for its delicious velvety texture typical of drinks with egg whites. The Grenadine adds a hint of sweet tartness that pairs well with the apple notes from the brandy. If you prefer a sweeter drink, feel free to add some simple syrup.
1 oz London dry gin
1 oz apple brandy
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz Grenadine (recipe below)
1 egg white
Mix all ingredients and dry shake (without ice) until the egg whites are frothy, about 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a coupe and garnish with brandied cherries.
To make your own Grenadine, dissolve 1 cup of sugar in 1 cup of pomegranate juice on low heat. Once dissolved, add one ounce of pomegranate molasses with ½ teaspoon of orange flower water. Add 1 tablespoon gin to extend the shelf life, storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.