Lusty Lady Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Lusty Lady is a classic cocktail that originated in the 1920s during the Prohibition era. It was a favorite among the flapper crowd, known for their love of dancing, jazz, and cocktails. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a balance of sweet and sour flavors with a hint of bitterness. It's a sophisticated choice for a night out or a romantic dinner.

How Lusty Lady Tastes?

The Lusty Lady is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter flavors. The sweetness of the grenadine is balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice, while the gin adds a subtle hint of bitterness. It's a refreshing, well-rounded cocktail that leaves a lingering taste on the palate.

Interesting facts about Lusty Lady

  • The Lusty Lady was a popular choice among the flapper crowd in the 1920s.
  • It's a well-balanced cocktail that combines sweet, sour, and bitter flavors.
  • The cocktail is named after the Lusty Lady, a famous strip club in San Francisco that closed in 2013.


A few good options for Lusty Lady are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose

Gin: 1.5 oz

Gin is the backbone of the Lusty Lady, providing a complex botanical base. Picking a well-rounded gin is like choosing the perfect date outfit—it sets the tone! Too much gin can turn your cocktail from a dream date to a sloppy night out, while too little might leave your taste buds feeling stood up.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice: 0.75 oz

Lemon juice is like the zesty conversation that sparks interest. It adds brightness and balances the sweetness of grenadine. Squeeze those lemons just right! Overpowering lemon makes for a sour experience, and too little is like flat dialogue — unengaging and forgettable.

Mary Mitkina

Grenadine: 0.5 oz

Grenadine is the wink across the room; it adds a sweet, red blush to the mix. It's got suave moves but in excess, it can be overly saccharine, killing the vibe. Not enough, and you'll miss the cocktail's sweet allure.

Alex Green

Egg White: 1

The egg white gives the Lusty Lady her luxurious frothy coat. It smooths the edges of the drink, giving it a rich, silky mouthfeel. Leaving it out is like skipping the charm school—where's the finesse? However, too much can mean a foam party instead of a classy affair.

Mary Mitkina

Maraschino Cherry: 1

The cherry on top — literally! The maraschino cherry is the flirtatious finish that ties everything together. It's a small touch but skip it, and you're missing that final cheeky flourish.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Lusty Lady Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, grenadine, and egg white.
  2. Shake well until the mixture is frothy.
  3. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass.
  4. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to get a nice frothy texture from the egg white.
  • Use a high-quality gin for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: A selection of fine cheeses, particularly goat cheese or aged cheddar, complements the botanical notes of gin.

  • Seafood: Oysters or shrimp cocktails can make harmonious partners, their briny flavors are balanced by the tartness of the lemon juice in the Lusty Lady.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: The subtle char from the grill will accentuate the complexity of the cocktail while the meat's tenderness pairs well with the frothy egg white texture.

  • Pasta: Lightly sauced pasta dishes, especially with a lemon or cream base, can be a delightful accompaniment, connecting with the lemon and the richness of egg white.


  • Lemon Tart: A lemon dessert can echo the citrus in the drink, contrasting the sweet and tart flavors.

  • Vanilla or Berry Ice Cream: Would soften the drink's acidity and make for a sweet, creamy pairing.

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What you could change in Lusty Lady

If you don't have grenadine, you can substitute it with a simple syrup or a cherry syrup. If you're out of gin, vodka can be used as a replacement.

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And of course - twists🍹

Rosemary Refresher

  • Infuse the gin with fresh rosemary for a herbal twist, and replace lemon juice with lime for a touch more zing.
  • Recipe: Infuse 1.5 oz of gin with rosemary overnight. Mix with 0.75 oz of lime juice, 0.5 oz of grenadine, and one egg white. Shake and strain into a glass. No garnish needed.
  • This twist brings an aromatic, herbaceous profile to the cocktail, creating an invigorating and refreshing take on the classic.

Berry Blush

  • Muddle fresh raspberries with the gin before shaking to introduce a fruity undertone.
  • Recipe: Muddle a handful of raspberries with 1.5 oz of gin. Add 0.75 oz of lemon juice, 0.5 oz of grenadine, and one egg white to the shaker. Proceed as normal.
  • The raspberries add a tartness and depth, complementing the grenadine's sweetness and providing a vibrant pink hue to the drink.

Chocolate Charm

  • Drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of the glass before pouring the drink for a dessert-like indulgence.
  • Recipe: Prepare the cocktail as normal, and before straining into the glass, line it with chocolate syrup.
  • The chocolate adds a luxurious twist, making the cocktail perfect for a decadent treat or dessert pairing.

In case you forgot basics how to make Lusty Lady

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Lusty Lady

What is the best time to enjoy the Lusty Lady cocktail?

The Lusty Lady is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed at any time. However, given its sweet-sour flavor profiles, it's particularly good as a pre-dinner cocktail to whet the appetite or a sophisticated choice for a cocktail party.

Is it safe to consume raw egg white in cocktails?

Yes, it's generally safe to consume raw egg whites in cocktails, although it's recommended to use pasteurized egg whites to reduce the risk. The alcohol in the cocktail further reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses.

What type of gin works best with the Lusty Lady cocktail?

The cocktail works well with a variety of gins, but a dry gin or one with floral or citrus notes would complement the sweet and sour flavors of the cocktail.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Lusty Lady?

Yes, you can substitute the gin with a non-alcoholic gin alternative or simply omit it. The other ingredients will still create a balanced sweet and sour flavor.

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