A perfect Valentine’s Day Cocktail, or an option for a girls’ night, the Pink Lady Cocktail is a prim and pretty concoction that packs a serious wallop.
Pink Lady Cocktail Recipe
I had my first egg white topped cocktail last year while visiting Austin, Texas for a food conference and while I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual cocktail I was served, the idea of adding a foamy egg white to a drink was just as wonderful as I always thought it was – though I had admittedly been a bit too nervous to try it at home!
However, the Pink Lady is the perfect cocktail to try if you are timid with egg whites, as the lemon juice further reduces any risks posed by consuming raw egg whites. (And statistics from the National Safety Council have shown that the risks of salmonella are far lower these days than in previous decades. You’re 4x more likely to choke on food than to get salmonella poisoning.)
Of course, using fresh pasteurized eggs is a good call for this recipe.
Next, you need a good gin and applejack liquor and some grenadine. The applejack liquor is what distinguishes the Pink Lady from the Clover Club, which uses sugar instead (although some versions make the CC with raspberry puree) – the two were classics back in the pre-Prohibition Era and it’s interesting to me that the Pink Lady is a stronger drink than the gentleman’s club staple, the Clover Club.
Ingredients for a Pink Lady Cocktail
- 1 1/2 oz Gin
- 1/2 oz applejack
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- Grenadine, to personal taste
Tip: the standard garnish for a pink lady cocktail is a cherry, but a twist of lemon would also be nice.
NOTE: the pictures with more foam use an additional egg white frothed and then spooned on top.
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The Pink Lady is a classic cocktail with a fun, frothy texture and a sweet-and-tart taste that plays out beautifully. The applejack cuts through the gin nicely to add a bit of warmth without being overpowering.
What’s your go-to Lady’s Night Cocktail recipe?
Did you know how many delicious cocktail recipes are on the blog? With Valentine’s Day coming up, make your sweetheart this Cupid’s Cocktail, nothing beats champagne and strawberries! Or maybe this Valentine’s Mudslide cocktail for the Bailey’s and ice cream lovers out there!