Similar to the Clover Club, the Pink Lady has a dubious origin that I think speaks to the darker hues pictured here. There is some attribution to an Elsie de Wolfe who was born at the end of the Civil War and died at the beginning of the Korean War — quite a span of a lifetime, huh? There’s belief the cocktail is named from the Broadway play of the same name (1911). A decade later it picked up the name the Pink Shimmy. In the 1930’s, the cocktail was viewed as a “girly” drink (Hey, it was a different era) and by 1949 it’s noted that Jayne Mansfield would drink a Pink Lady before a meal. A few years later the cocktail showed up on Esquire’s list of ten worst cocktails. A dark past — but a damn tasty cocktail!
1 1/2 oz Gin (I used Gordon’s Pink Gin to pink it up even more)
1/2 oz Lairds Apple Brandy
3/4 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Honey Syrup (1:1)
1/4 oz Grenadine
Raspberry & Dehydrated Lemon Wheel (Maraschino Cherry is the standard) garnish
Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 30+ seconds.
Add ice to the shaker and shake vigorously until chilled and double strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
Garnish with a dehydrated lemon slice and raspberry.