Cocktail Corner: Pink Lady

Pink cocktails were all the rage long before Sex and the City. The unabashed “girly drink” of the Prohibition era, the Pink Lady was widely quaffed in speakeasies from New Orleans to California and remained popular well into the 1950s.

The Pink Lady was a simple concoction: gin, an egg white, and grenadine shaken and strained into a martini glass. Cocktail historians speculate the egg white and grenadine were added to mask the harsh taste of bathtub gin. Regardless of the flavor, the color of the drink was a large part of its appeal.

Piñon Grill in Boca Raton is offering a variation of the cocktail in time for Valentine’s Day. This version differs from the classic in that it swaps gin with vodka, adds St-Germain and club soda, omits the egg white, and is served on the rocks.

Pink Lady

  • 1 1/2 oz. Deep Eddy Grapefruit Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. St-Germain
  • Dash of grenadine
  • Club soda
  • Cherry and orange slice for garnish

Combine vodka, St-Germain, and grenadine in a cocktail tin with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a cocktail glass and top off with a splash of soda. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.