Let\u2019s dismiss the notion of \u201cgirly drinks\u201d from the start. While in color and name the Pink Lady cocktail may present an archetypically feminine fac\u0327ade, there\u2019s nothing gender-specific about its formula and flavor. \u201cI don\u2019t really think this is a \u2018girly\u2019 drink,\u201d says Christy Pope, co-creator of Midnight Rambler in Dallas, which serves a Pink Lady dressed up with hibiscus grenadine and a touch of saline, with a spritz of cassia essence to finish. \u201cWhen made properly, there\u2019s a lot of complexity to this cocktail and, in general, it\u2019s not a \u2018sweet\u2019 drink but rather a crisp and dry cocktail.\u201d\n\nThe gender bias becomes all the more irrelevant when you consider the similarity between the Pink Lady and its close cousin, the Clover Club. Invented in the early 20th century and named for the venerable Philadelphia men\u2019s club, the Clover Club combines gin, lemon juice, grenadine and an egg white. The only difference in the Pink Lady? A good measure of applejack, which not only added an extra punch but made for a tastier drink.\n\nAs Ted Haigh put it in his book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, in which he refers to the drink as the \u201cSecret Cocktail\u201d so as to avoid discrimination on nomenclature alone, \u201cWho was smarter, the guys or the dolls? Jury is in. The women win.\u201d Why not put the acrimony aside and call a delicious drink what it is? Then everyone wins.