White Lady Recipe
Here you'll find out how to make a White Lady cocktail, including tips & tricks to get truly professional results.
Created by the legendary barman Harry McElhone at London's Ciro Club in 1919, the White Lady is a refreshing all day cocktail. The recipe given here is based on the recipe Harry adopted in 1923, incorporating Gin instead of Creme de Menthe, with a little extra Gin to make a drier cocktail, as suggested by Harry Craddock of the Savoy in 1930. In its purest form, the White Lady gin cocktail is essential a gin Sidecar, but egg-white can be used to give the cocktail an indulgent silky smooth mouthfeel.
- Our Rating: 4
- Difficulty: Easy
- Character: Balanced
- Occasions: All Day
- Preparation Time: 3 min
White Lady Ingredients
Garnish with no garnish - a lemon peel twist is used but discarded..
How to Make a White Lady
- Combine the Gin, Lemon Juice & Cointreau in a cocktail shaker containing ice & shake.
- Strain into the chilled, stemmed cocktail glass.
- Twist a swathe of Lemon Peel over the surface of the drink, discarding afterwards, before serving.
Tips & Tricks Making a White Lady
- The original 1923 recipe of the White Lady cocktail can be made using equal parts Creme De Menthe, Triple Sec & Lemon Juice.
- To give a sublime smooth silky finish to the White Lady cocktail, a shot of egg white can be added to the drink before shaking - many modern recipes call for egg white.
- Some variations on the White Lady gin cocktial recipe also include a splash of cream.
- If adding egg white or cream, it is useful to dry shake the cocktail first (i.e. shake without ice) before shaking with ice.
- You can try adding bitters if you like - orange bitters will compliment the Cointreau.
Fun Facts About the White Lady
- According to Joe Gilmore, the former head barman at the Savoy, the White Lady was the cocktail of choice for the comedy due Laurel & Hardy.
- The original 1923 recipe of the White Lady cocktail used Creme De Menthe instead of Gin.
- Harry McElhone swapped Creme De Menthe for Gin after founding the - now famous - Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1923.
- The White Lady gin cocktail is sometimes known as a Gin-&-Juice cocktail, which consist of gin with citrus juice (lemon or lime) & one other ingredient to add sweetness & interest. Examples of "Gin & Juice" cocktails are the Aviation, the Casino, the Sidecar & the Corpse Revivor No. 2. These are essential a variation on sours - 2 parts strong, one part sour & one part sweet.