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The Weekend Cocktail: The Pink Lady of the 1940′s (with a splash of music and history)

Posted By Karen Young On September 27, 2012 @ 9:21 pm In Cocktails,Eat,Food,My Daily Find,Recipes,The Weekend Cocktail | No Comments


The 1940’s was an era dominated by World War II and a time when women held down their homes and jobs. CBS demonstrated the first color television in New York City, and WNBT in New York City became the country’s first regular television station, broadcasting to about 10,000 viewers.

People enjoyed an array of popular books, movies and dances. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was popular, and the movie “Gone with the Wind” won an Academy Award. Walt Disney released “Pinocchio” and “Fantasia.” Other movies of the era included “The Great Dictator,” “The Philadelphia Story,” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” starring former Nebraskan, Henry Fonda. Americans enjoyed “Bugs Bunny” cartoons and listened to the “Superman” radio show for the first time. Big band music was popular and the Swing Era was in full swing.  Following the 1940 election, Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated for a third term as President and urged that the U.S. become an “arsenal of democracy.”

The Pink Lady is popular with the working gals and is the most asked for cocktail of the time!

Pink Lady

1.5 measures Plymouth Gin  (as opposed to the more common London Dry gin)
half measure grenadine
half-measure heavy cream
quarter measure lemon juice
1-measure egg white

Dip the rim of a champagne saucer in grenadine and then in caster sugar to make a pink rim. Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass, add a cherry garnish.


  1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
2. The Christmas Song - Nat “King” Cole
3. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
4. Take The “A” Train - Duke Ellington
5. Stardust - Artie Shaw
6. Swinging On A Star - Bing Crosby
7. You Always Hurt The One You Love - Mills Brothers
8. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - Andrews Sisters
9. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller (Tex Beneke & the Modernaires)
10. Paper Doll - Mills Brothers
11. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
12. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (Doris Day)
13. I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby / Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
14. I’ll Never Smile Again - Tommy Dorsey (Frank Sinatra)
15. Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) - Vaughn Monroe / Peggy Lee
16. Auld Lang Syne - Guy Lombardo
17. That’s My Desire - Frankie Laine / Sammy Kaye
18. Don’t Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters / Roy Rogers / Gene Autry
19. Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser / Gene Autry
20. Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller
21. Nature Boy - Nat “King” Cole / Frank Sinatra / Sarah Vaughan
22. Brazil - Xavier Cugat / Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell)
23. Green Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Eberly & Helen O’Connell)
24. Frenesi - Artie Shaw
25. Till The End Of Time - Perry Como / Les Brown / Dick Haymes


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