White Lady

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.

White Lady



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


Step one

Add all the ingredients save for the lemon twist to a cocktail shaker without ice and dry shake vigorously.

Step two

Add ice and shake again until chilled.

Step three

Strain into a coupe glass.

Step four

Garnish with the lemon twist.

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