Chloe’s Pink Lady

So this is the thing.

I like pink.

Like, a lot.

Like, when I went off to college, I had a pink alarm clock and I don’t know where it went, but to this day–decades later–I miss it, because it was kickass with a mirrored face.

But mostly because it was pink.

I had pink peonies at my wedding. My living room is white with dove gray walls, gold and silver accents…and lots and lots of PINK!

So, obviously, I’m going to love a pink drink.

And I do.

Marilyn, the matriarch in the River Rain novels, reminds me a lot of my grandmother…who, in turn, I’m a lot like. And this was Marilyn’s favorite drink.

My grandmother preferred champagne (and smoked one single cigarette a year, on New Year’s Eve, and she put it in one of those long filters, because if you’re going to indulge in a deadly vice once a year, you better do it with style).

But if she was with me, and I was shaking, she’d 100% slide an empty coupé glass my way.

Chloe’s Pink Lady

  • Prep Time

    5 min
  • Serves

Chloe’s Pink Lady


  • 1 1/2 ounces Gin (I use Hendrick's, but I'm a gin snob)
  • 1/2 ounce Applejack (you can leave this out, I do)
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • 4 dashes of Grenadine
  • 1 egg white (or if you're not feeling this, you can grab some cocktail foamer to add that finishing touch)
  • Your choice of garnish: Lemon Twist, Lemon Slice, Maraschino Cherry...or all three!

How to do it…

  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds.
  2. Open shaker and add ice until the shaker is full and then shake again for 20-30 seconds until the egg has made the mixture frothy.
  3. Pour into a coupé and garnish.
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