Imagine – it’s 19-twenty somethin’ and you’re in New York on 5th Avenue at a speakeasy. There are flappers everywhere dragging cigs and flipping what they can of their bobbed hair—doing anything deemed unacceptable cause stfu manners. People around you are talking about bee’s knees and cat’s pajamas and you know bees don’t have knees and cat’s don’t wear pajamas, but WHATEVER. You just need a drink, or panther piss or whatever they called it then.
The bar tender puts a glass down in front of you and it’s filled with liquid the color of blush. What is this secret cocktail with such mystique, you wonder?
Drinker of the twenty-first-century, allow me to introduce you to the Chuck Norris of cocktails that has been undervalued since the Prohibition Era and that is imaginatively sitting in front of you right now: the Pink Lady.
I’m sure you can guess why this drink has been left behind with the damsels who told Victorian society to f*** off and keep the change.
Yeah, the cocktail is pink.
Pink Lady was extremely popular until the late 1930s when people started labeling the cocktail a typical “girly” drink. Many men who loved Pink Lady, or its doppelgänger, Clover Club, resigned from drinking it because they believed that the color made them look like sissies. But the real sissies are the cats… or rather the pussies who refuse to give this badass mixi a sip.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 glass
1.5-oz. dry gin
.5-oz. applejack (apple brandy)
2 teaspoons grenadine
1 egg white
6 cubes ice
1. Squeeze half lemon into shaker.
2. Add dry gin.
3. Add applejack.
4. Add grenadine.
5. Add egg white (either use a regular egg for the whites or buy a carton of egg whites)
6. Shake the mixture dry.
7. Add ice and shake again.
8. Pour it into a glass and enjoy your pink ladyness.
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