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

Pink lady drink in a glass with a cherry

What is in a Pink Lady drink?

This drink is traditionally 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 because of the bad quality gin during prohibition as to cover the poor taste.

The result was a delicious drink, and the good news is now that we have good gin, it’s even better.

How to Make the Pink Lady Sweeter

This recipe typically does not call for any sweetness. 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.

Two pick lady drink in glasses with cherries in the glasses and in the picture

How to Make a Pink Lady Drink

This cocktail only has 4 ingrediants:

  • Good Quality Gin
  • Pasteurized Egg White: see note below
  • Grenadine
  • Lemon Juice

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.

Shaker pouring pink lady into a glass

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.
  • Best Low Level Gin: If your budget is tight, you’ll enjoy Gordon’s gin the most.
Pink lady cocktail  in glass with a cherry

Variations on the Pink Lady

Apple Brandy

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.

Other Fun Cocktails To Try

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 coup 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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