White Lady

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Cocktail History

The White Lady is a classic gin cocktail that was created by Harry MacElhone at his establishment Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, France. His original recipe called for crème de menthe instead of gin before he swapped them out about a decade later. The altered cocktail made with gin, citrus, and egg white eventually became a favorite of Errol Flynn, Laurel & Hardy, and other stars, and it also earned it a mention in several novels.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Citadelle Gin mostly because its French, but we also picked it for its simple and crisp juniper notes that would complement the other flavors without overpowering them.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Egg White: This helps to soften the more intense flavors. It also adds body and a rich, silky smooth texture to the drink.

Tasting Notes

The White Lady features citrus aromas and a gin-forward taste that is balanced by the sweet and sour citrus flavors and frothiness of the egg.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: If a bartender ever asks if you’d like to try this cocktail, immediately answer, “Oui,” because it is so good. We thought it was simple yet feminine and elegant without the usual bright color many girlish drinks have. This is definitely a must-try if you’ve never had it! Someday we hope to be sipping one of these beneath the Eiffel Tower.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

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AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Egg White

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, lemon juice, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 ¾ oz Triple Sec
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Egg White

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, triple sec, lemon juice, egg white, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Remove ice from shaker.

4

Dry shake for 5-10 more seconds to emulsify egg.

5

Strain into a cocktail glass.

White Lady

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More Gin Cocktails

If you like this gin-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Gin Rickey: A classic gin cocktail made with lime juice, club soda, and a lime wheel

 Trellis Gin & Tonic: An ombré gin cocktail made with cucumber and rose pink tonic water, lime juice, and a rolled cucumber

 Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

 Lemon Thyme Gin & Tonic: A lemon gin cocktail made with lemon juice, thyme syrup, Indian tonic water, and a lemon wedge

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