If you love a summery gin cocktail with a silky mouthfeel and a beautiful bit of body, the Pink Lady Cocktail recipe should be the next drink you pour. Making a cocktail with egg white in the mix can seem a little daunting if you’ve never tried it before, but it’s actually really easy! We share our go-to tips here so you can shake up this retro drink like a pro.
The Perfect Pink Lady Cocktail Recipe for Valentine's Day
PREP TIME 4 min
Sub 40g of aquafaba (chickpea liquid) for egg white to go vegan.
Luxardo cherries add a nice dramatic touch.
A dry London Gin in perfect for this cocktail.
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice, and shake for 30 seconds
Add ice, then shake for 30 seconds more
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with Maraschino or Luxardo cherries
How the recipe for the Pink Lady Cocktail came to be
The Pink Lady Cocktail recipe has been around for quite some time. In fact, it’s a Prohibition-era cocktail that was ostensibly first poured somewhere in the 1930s. Nobody has been able to pinpoint its exact origins, but it was likely first devised as a solution to temper the rather sketchy types of gin that were the norm at the time.
The liquor industry has not always been as nicely regulated as it is today. During the Prohibition era, plenty of opportunistic DIY distillers were trying their hand at making something with a bit of kick. Usually, the result was less-than-amazing liquor that had to be dressed up quite a bit to be palatable. Cue solution-driven drinks like the Pink Lady.
Adore a Pink Lady? Give these cocktails a go!
Once you’ve learned how to use a cocktail shaker and add egg whites to cocktails, you’ll likely be itching to try a few other drinks that follow in the silken slipstream of the recipe for the Pink Lady cocktail. When this hankering sneaks up on you, we recommend that you try:
Clover Club Cocktail
The dreamy Clover Club cocktail is another iconic pink drink we love to pour for romantic occasions. Taking its flavor cues from the sun-kissed raspberry, it’s got a gorgeous frothy texture and goes down a treat. Fun fact – you wouldn’t think it to look at it, but the Clover Club was first developed as the signature drink of a gentlemen’s club in the early 1900s!
White Lady Cocktail
The White Lady cocktail is a bracingly tart combination of gin, Grand Marnier Liqueur, and lemon juice. The egg whites take the edge off and balance the scales to give a smooth mouthfeel and an absolutely sublime sip.
Classic Whiskey Sour
Learning how to pull off a classic Whiskey Sour recipe with egg white should be a rite of passage for every newbie cocktail maker. This sweet, slightly tart drink is an absolute classic with its retro foam topping, and a real game-changer in terms of mouthfeel and texture.
When to serve up a Pink Lady recipe cocktail
In a perfect world, every day would be the perfect opportunity to whip up this Pink Lady cocktail drink recipe and lounge around while someone fans you down and plies you with snacks. Alas, we mere mortals have to do things as well… To ease the burden of this realization, here are three occasions that are tailor-made for a Pink Lady cocktail:
- Valentine’s Day (a perfect fit!)
- Bachelorette Parties (a nice girly touch)
- International Day of Pink on the 12th of April (now you know it’s a thing…)