Before we get to the history of The White Lady drink recipe, here are some other classic gin drinks that'll probably give you some of the ol’ gin tingles: the Classic Gin Martini
, the Aviation
, the Singapore Sling
, the Gimlet
, and the French 75.
So what about this White Lady cocktail history? Where did the White Lady Cocktail originate and why the hillbilly does the White Lady cocktail use an egg white? Answer to the first question: Historians aren't quite sure ‘cause there are two competing claims to the drink’s creation. The first one, The White Lady cocktail Wiki notes
, belongs to Harry MacElhone, who was a bartender at Ciro's Club in early 20th century London. Apparently he originally used creme de menthe, but switched that up to gin when he moved to Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. The second claim comes from Harry Craddock, who worked at the Savoy Hotel in England in the early 20th century. The White Lady cocktail Wiki notes that “Joe Gilmore, former Head Barman at The Savoy, says this was one of Laurel and Hardy’s favorite drinks.” It’s hard to say which claim is valid, y’know, ‘cause apparently nobody has any idea. The drink’s name is kinda hard to pin down too. The Gin Foundry
notes that alternative names for The White Lady cocktail include Chelsea Sidecar, Lillian Forever, Janikedvence, Kiernander, and Delilah. Answer to the second question: The White Lady cocktail recipe uses an egg white for the texture! Don’t be afraid of the egg white; embrace the egg white. Seriously though, we feel like the egg white is optional for the White Lady. Although the IBA White Lady cocktail
doesn’t even include the egg white on its list of ingredients, so who knows. If all this talk about The White Lady cocktail has you in the mood for other lemon juice or lemonade cocktails, check out these bad boys: The Lemon Snazzle Berry
, Blueberry Lemon Drop Shots
, Lemon Drop Shots
, Lemon Meringue Shots.
THE WHITE LADY
2 oz. (60ml) Gin
1/2 oz. (15ml) Cointreau
1/2 oz. (15ml) Lemon Juice
Garnish: Lemon Peel Twirl
1. Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and shake well.
2. Drop in ice and shake once more.
3. Strain mix into coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon peel twirl.