Me, with Pink Lady, at Cecconi’s (one of my top 5 all-time favorite Hollywood restaurants) last night. Apropos, I wore my new pink lipstick: “Hibiscus” by Chantecaille, a gift from my dear friend Phillip.
According to this missive from the Wall Street Journal, actress Jayne Mansfield was an ample aficionado of this cocktail. She had one before each meal, and in her case, that was one well-done steak every day. No small wonder, Miz Mansfield lived in a Sunset Boulevard mansion coined the Pink Palace:
So, gadabouts. Ask for a Pink Lady next time you’re puzzled on what to drink. It’s tart and frothy and Cecconi’s garnishes theirs with a gala apple slice, marinated in lemon juice.
“A woman should be pink and cuddly for a man,” Jayne Mansfield once said. To that, I say, “A cocktail should be pink and cuddly for a woman.”
1½ oz gin
¾ oz applejack (apple brandy)
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ to ½ oz grenadine (to taste)
1 egg white (fresh or pasteurized)
Shake with ice and strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.