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White Lady

White Lady

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A must-try classic sophisticated gin cocktail


The White Lady cocktail is a gin classic whose origins are as cloudy as the drink.

Two Harry’s can lay claim to being the creators of this citrus colossus in the world of cocktails.

Harry 1. is the Harry Craddock of the 1930s The Savoy Cocktail Club book fame, in which he printed a recipe of this creation. Note however that printing a recipe does not warrant you creatorship over the cocktail.

Harry 2. is Harry MacElhone. He is said to have originally used crΓ¨me de menthe in the recipe before wisely switching to gin when he opened his own bar called the Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

Both Harrys are contemporaries so any which way is possible.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 50 ml London dry gin
  • 20 ml triple sec orange liqueur
  • 10 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • 15 ml pasteurised egg white


  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake very vigorously for about a minute.

  2. If you find this hard, you can cheat by using a mini electric whisk of the kind you would use to froth milk. You want the egg white to emulsify with the other ingredients.

  3. Add ice to the shaker and give it a good hard shake to chill your cocktail.

  4. Strain through a fine sieve into a coupe glass.

  5. Garnish with orange zest.

Recipe Notes



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