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Pink Lady No. 2, Cocktail #61

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Pink Lady No 2 cocktail
Pink Lady No 2 cocktail

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.

"New Drink for Broadway, Pink Lady Cocktail," newspaper article, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco , California), p. 39, col. 3.
“New Drink for Broadway, Pink Lady Cocktail,” newspaper article, San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, California), 28 May 1911, p. 39, col. 3.
"Pink Lady Nears 200th Performance," newspaper article, New York Times (New York, New York), 23 July 1911, p. 8, col. 1.
“Pink Lady Nears 200th Performance,” newspaper article, New York Times (New York, New York), 23 July 1911, p. 8, col. 1.

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.

Ryan’s Liquor Shop, Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking, 1900, p. 18, Pink Lady Cocktail.
Ryan’s Liquor Shop, Bottoms Up, Ryan’s Guide to Pleasant Drinking, 1950, p. 18, Pink Lady Cocktail.

Pink Lady No. 2 cocktail recipe

Pink Lady No. 2 cocktail recipe
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.

Ingredients used:

  • 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 🍸)

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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

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