Gin • Sour
White Lady

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This simple, stylish, sour gin cocktail was invented by two different Harrys. First Harry McElhone made a White Lady with white crème de menthe, triple sec and lemon juice at the Ciro Club in London in 1919. And then, Harry Craddock of The American Bar in London published a recipe for a White Lady in The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930, replacing the crème de menthe with gin. Regardless of which Harry gets the credit, Craddock’s version is the one we prefer. The name alludes to the mythical “white lady,” a completely white spectral figure whose appearance foretells death. But pay her no mind—look death in the face and sip this classic with conviction.

The Essentials

Fresh Lemon Juice
Egg White
The Details


2 oz Gin
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
Lemon Twist, For Garnish (Optional)


  • Add all the ingredients save for the lemon twist to a cocktail shaker without ice and dry shake vigorously.
  • Add ice and shake again until chilled.
  • Strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with the lemon twist.
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