Martinis & Murder Cocktail Recipe: Pink Lady

Pair this gin cocktail with episode 104, “A Staged Suicide.”

By Gina Pace
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Pink Lady - Martinis & Murder Episode #104

This episode is my longest ever appearance as Staff Boozer, including a (fascinating) history of the gin craze during 1700s London, where everyone and their mother was distilling their own sketchy gin, leading to the spirit’s nickname “Mother’s Ruin.”

That definitely fits with the case of Tina Lunney a woman who found her own mother dead, seemingly by suicide. However, when the police start to investigate the death, they find that Tina is less innocent than she seems.

I picked Monkey 47, a cult favorite gin made in the Black Forest of Germany with 47 botanicals for this classic Pink Lady cocktail, which gets its color from grenadine, and some extra oomph from Laird’s Applejack, which is made in New Jersey, where this particular case takes place. So fitting!

Here’s how to make it:


1 ½ ounces Monkey 47 Gin
½ ounce Laird’s Applejack 
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
½ ounce grenadine
1/4-1/2 ounce egg white
Brandied cherry (optional for garnish)


Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker, seal your shaker and shake vigorously for five seconds. Then add ice and shake again for another five seconds. Fine strain into a cocktail class and garnish with a brandied cherry.

Pretend you are Matt the Bartender and mix it up while listening to John Thrasher and Daryn Carp discuss the case:

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