If you love classic gin drinks, the White Lady is for you. It’s simple, full of citrus, and seemingly endlessly tart. The gin and Cointreau pack a bit of a punch, so tread lightly. You’ll likely be tempted to make more if you like gin with a bit of a lemon bite.
The White lady is also easily transformed into another gin classic, the Queen Elizabeth. Just add some absinthe as a rinse or sprayed with an atomizer and you now have a cocktail named after royalty.
The White Lady
- 2 Oz. Gin
- 1 Oz. Cointreau
- 1 Oz. Lemon juice
- Absinthe (optional)
- Could this be easier? Just add all three of your ingredients to a shaker with ice.
- Mix. Shake. Spin around.
- Strain into your pre-chilled coupe glass.
The history of the White Lady gin cocktail.
It goes back to Harry. Either of them. Harry Craddock, who wrote the cocktail holy grail of books, The Savoy, created this drink around Prohibition times.
The other Harry, Harry McElhone, had a version of this drink without gin when he worked in London. Eventually, he picked up and moved to Paris, opening Harry’s New York bar, and swapping out the original creme de minthe for gin. That’s definitely a good call.
Over the years, not much has changed to this classic drink. Add a garnish if you like, but the three uncomplicated ingredients stand alone.
And be prepared to pucker up.