Food and Drink

Pink Lady Cocktail

Anything with “pink” in the name is bound to have grenadine in it. All of the books have gin and grenadine for this, but Lommebogen gives a wallop of sweet with a healthy dose of curaçao, and then tries to balance that with a little lemon juice. The Savoy/Café Royal version sticks to grenadine for the sweetener and adds an egg white.

Pink Lady (Lommebogen)

The Recipes


  • 1.5 oz. gin
  • 1.5 oz. curaçao
  • a little grenadine
  • 4 dashes lemon juice

Savoy/Café Royal

  • 2 oz. gin
  • tablespoon grenadine
  • 1 egg white

The Tasting

The Lommebogen version is very gin and very sweet. Not exactly what I was hoping for, as the heavy curaçao is pretty prominent, and not in a way that I like. It’s just an unbalanced drink, which is a shame since I think it has the better color of the two.

The Savoy/Café Royal version is definitely the better of these two. It isn’t as sweet, and the egg white gives it more body. It’s still a bit sweet for me, and frankly the color is a little more dishwater than pink, but I think it would do OK with some of my friends that like sweeter drinks. Overall, I think the Pink Lady is not a drink I’d keep around though.

This post is part of a series working through some of the cocktails in a Danish bartender’s notebook from the 1930s, Lommebogen.