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The Pink Lady. The perfect cocktail to enjoy while mocking the Kenergy of the Oscars or the Pritzkers. Your choice.


In truth I'm feeling oddly optimistic that this year's Pritzker committee is finally going to make things right and award Denise Scott Brown her long overdue recognition. Of course if I'm wrong, and it's business as usual, well the Pink Lady is an excellent cocktail to drink while watching a dumpster fire. Did you miss the post on the Kenergy of the Pritzker prize? Check it out here. According to Doc Cocktail, of Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, (my bible)The Pink Lady derives from the Clover Club cocktail from the nineteenth century namesake men's club that was once in the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. The addition of Apple Jack is what differentiates the Pink Lady from the Clover Club. At any rate both for its Barbie pink color and its fantastic name, this cocktail seems perfect to celebrate the many accomplishments of architect Denise Scott Brown, one of the few women to break through the boyz club of elite architects. Not to mention that her firm Venturi Scott Brown also hails from Philadelphia.

The Pink Lady

  • 1.5 oz dry gin

  • .5 oz. apple jack

  • juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 egg white

  • 2 dashes pomegranate grenadine Shake vigorously with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into an iced coupe. Typically it's served with a cherry but I garnished the cocktail with a lemon twist and a tiny duck in hommage to Denise Scott Brown's (and Robert Venturi's) famous 1968 essay "On Ducks and Decoration". Want to read more about the Duck? Check it out here.

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