This cocktail post was inspired by the finale of Mad Men. I’m a sucker for anything mid-century. My grandparents lived in a Cliff May designed neighborhood in Long Beach, CA for most of my childhood. They had access to the vacant home next door at one time and my brother, cousins and I used to go inside the house and play. It was the perfect place for us to play with floor to ceiling windows, an open floor plan and a path that went all around the exterior of the house so we could chase each other endlessly. The kitchen was all original and avocado green. That house was like a time capsule and I loved every bit of it and my grandparents house next door. So many memories! It has stuck with me all of these years. I don’t have an avocado green kitchen or anything but I do have a deep love for anything from that era from furniture to tv shows. Like Mad Men.
For years, my girlfriends and I have said we wanted to host a Mad Men style cocktail party complete with costumes and retro hors d’oeuvre’s. The finale kind of snuck up on us and we were busy doing a million other things so this party slipped through the cracks. We still got together to watch the Mad Men finale though and we even ended up making some appetizers and this adorable retro Pink Lady Cocktail to get us in the mood.
Variations of the Pink Lady Cocktail have been around for nearly a century but gained popularity again in the 60’s and 70’s when “girly” drinks became a thing during that time. It’s slightly creamy and a little “Pepto” looking with the perfect balance of sweet and tart. It’s pink and delicious yet dangerous. Pace yourself…
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 oz grenadine
- 2 oz cream
- Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a collins glass filled with ice.