Classic

Gin • Sweet
Pink Lady

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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 Essentials

Gin
Applejack
Grenadine
Shaker
The Details

Ingredients

1.5 oz Gin
.5 oz Laird's Applejack
.25 oz Lemon Juice
.25 oz Grenadine
1 Egg White
Brandied Cherries, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker tin. Dry shake without ice for at least one minute to incorporate the egg.
  • Break the seal on the tin and add ice. Shake for an additional minute and strain using a Hawthorne strainer into a chilled coupe.
  • Garnish with branded cherries.
intermediate
Strength:
Gin Sweet Intermediate
Ace

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