Classic Cocktails & Drinks With A Funky Twist

Pink Lady

5 from 1 vote

Posted: 02/04/21

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Meet your new favorite gin martini, The Pink Lady! She is an old time cocktail and is like a girly version of a Gin Fizz. It is delicious, simple, and perfect for ladies night in.

Pink lady drink in a glass with a cherry

This classic cocktail is made with gin, pasteurized egg white, grenadine, and lemon juice. It originated in the early 20th century and was also known as a Pink Shimmy. It may have become popular to cover the poor taste of the bad quality gin during prohibition. The result was a delicious drink, and the good news is now that we have good gin, it’s even better!

Pink Lady Ingredients

This simple cocktail has ingredients you may already have in your bar cart! Here is a little bit more on what we will be using to shake up a Pink Lady cocktail.

  • Good-quality gin: See more on choosing a gin below.
  • Pasteurized egg white: Be sure to use a pasteurized egg for food safety purposes.
  • Grenadine: A pomegranate-flavored bar syrup also used in the classic Dirty Shirley, this adds flavor and the pink color to the cocktail.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is always best for cocktails, so grab some fresh lemons.
Two pick lady drink in glasses with cherries in the glasses and in the picture

How to Make a Pink Lady Drink

This easy cocktail only has four ingredients and comes together with a good shake. For the full recipe and measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker of ice.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass or martini glass. Enjoy!

Choosing a Quality Gin

When choosing a bottle of gin, there is a wide price range. We have broken down for you the best bottle of gin at each price point.

  • Top-shelf gin: At the highest price point, our pick is Sipsmith London Dry Gin.
  • Mid-level gin: A good middle-of-the-road gin is Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray.
  • Budget-friendly gin: If your budget is tight, you’ll enjoy Gordon’s gin.

How to Make the Pink Lady Sweeter

This recipe typically does not call for any sweeteners. We have added a little bit of simple syrup to cut the bitterness of the lemon juice. You might want to consider making it without simple syrup and deciding if you think it needs some added sweetness. Stir just a 1/4 teaspoon into the cocktail to start.

Shaker pouring pink lady into a glass

Shake Vigorously

Because we are adding a pasteurized egg, you really need to shake this drink. If you don’t shake it enough you risk ending up with clumps of egg white in your drink. No one wants that.

When we give this a vigorous shake in the cocktail shaker, you will end up with a beautiful, frothy drink.

How to Serve

Serve your Pink Lady drinks right away for the freshest flavor. Strain into a coupe glass or martini glass. Garnish with a cherry for a fun and flavorful addition.


These coupe classes are perfect for showing off all of your delicious cocktails!
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While this drink is perfectly delicious as written, if you have some apple brandy in your liquor cabinet, add 1/2 an ounce for a fun extra punch of flavor.

Pink lady cocktail  in glass with a cherry

Other Gin Cocktails

If you make this Pink Lady drink, leave us a comment and let us know!

Pink lady drink in a glass with a cherry
5 from 1 vote

Pink Lady

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This old time cocktail is like the girly version of a Gin Fizz. It is delicious and simple, and perfect for ladies night in.



  • Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously.
  • Using a cocktail strainer, strain into a coupe glass or a martini glass.
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
Pink lady drink in a glass with a cherry

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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  1. Bonnie says

    5 stars
    Oh my, I’d had this drink years ago and loved it, but never knew how to make it. Was so glad to see it and now I can have it whenever I want, which will be a lot. So pretty to look at ingredients not complicated. Thanks for posting this

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