The Pink Lady No. 2 is cocktail number 61 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Pink Lady No. 2 cocktail history
It is unknown by whom or when the Pink Lady cocktail was created. However, in 1911, The Pink Lady was a popular Broadway show.
The Pink Lady on Broadway in 1911
In 1911, The Pink Lady was playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York and a Pink Lady cocktail was making the rounds; both appeared to be a hit. The Pink Lady cocktail was described as a “new concoction” in the 1911 San Francisco newspaper article.
Harry McElhone’s 1930 Pink Lady Cocktail
In Harry McElhone, “Harry” of the New York Bar Paris (Late of Ciro’s’), ABC of Mixing Cocktails, published in 1930, a Pink Lady similar to the Swank recipe with the addition of brandy was listed on page 67.
217. Pink Lady Cocktail
1 white of a Fresh Egg, 2 teaspoonfuls of Grenadine, 1/6 Brandy, 1/3 Gin.
Shake well, and strain into cocktail glass.
Ryan’s Pink Lady Cocktail
Circa 1950, Ryan’s Liquor Shop in New York published a recipe for the drink in their Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking. The difference between Ryan’s recipe and the Swank 1950s recipe was the inclusion of heavy cream in 1900 versus an egg white in the Swank Version.
Pink Lady No. 2 cocktail recipe
1 jigger Gin, 1/2 jigger Lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Grenadine, 1 Egg White. Shake well and pour in to chilled glass.
- Hendrick’s Gin
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- Rose’s Grenadine
- Pete and Jerry’s Organic Egg Whites
Pink Lady No. 2 cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
We used just a tad less grenadine, preferring a bit more of the lemon to come through. Refreshing and light.
We recognize this cocktail contains raw eggs so, while we made and enjoyed this cocktail, we don’t recommend drinking anything with raw eggs, so our advice is to skip this one.
Next up… Cocktail # 62, Pisco Punch