Pink Lady

by curiousmiscellany

With all of this back-to-school/work hustle and bustle, I know what we need: a drink. And, what (literally) sweeter medicine is there than a Pink Lady? This classic gin-based cocktail has several variations. Elsie de Wolfe (1865 – 1950), the influential American interior designer often credited for the invention of the cocktail, used the following recipe: 1/3 gin, 1/3 grapefruit juice, 1/3 Cointreau. But, most cocktail books and bartender guides from the 1920s and 30s list a Pink Lady as being made with these ingredients shaken together with ice: glass of gin, several dashes of grenadine and an egg white.  Occasionally a splash of lemon juice was called for or a cherry as garnish, and down in New Orleans, the Pink Lady transformed into a Pink Shimmy with just a splash of sweet cream. Hollywood blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield was said to have one every night before dinner in her pink palace on Sunset Boulevard. Cheers, dahlings!