Don’t be taken in by the blush of this dainty gin cocktail’s color or its less-than-butch name. This variation on a Clover Club hides a secret ingredient that makes it kick harder than the average pink cocktail. Ted Haigh (aka Doctor Cocktail) once recommended changing the name of the cocktail from Pink Lady to the Secret Cocktail, a testament to the cognitive dissonance between this dry and bracing cocktail and its sugar-sweet name. We couldn’t care less, though. If people are too ashamed to order them, that just means more Pink Ladies for us.
The Ace rarely makes public appearances on cocktail menus or even in books, but the drink does show up in Boothby’s 1934 World Drinks And How To Mix Them and then again in tiki master Victor Bergeron’s 1972 book, Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide. Obscure as it may be, the Ace is a delightful mix of creamy, sweet and sour wor...