A delicious citrusblast. White Lady cocktail is an elegant, light, fresh and sour cocktail based on gin.

White Lady

Lemon zest


4 cl
Triple sec
2 cl
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cl


Harry MacElhone invented the original White Lady recipe in 1919 while working in London at Ciro's Club. There he mixed a rather unusual cocktail containing creme de menthe, triple sec and freshly squeezed lemon juice. For unknown reasons, the recipe changed drastically just ten years later to the one we know today. It wasn't because of a world war, Prohibition, or hard-to-find products: it's simply because MacElhone changed his creation in 1929, when he was working at his own bar, Harry's New York Bar in Paris. Although only one element of the recipe was changed, the resulting cocktail is significantly different. Instead of creme de menthe, he used gin, and this results in a cocktail that is drier and has a much nicer balance.

How to make a White Lady cocktail

Cool your cocktail glass. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, fill up with ice and shake the cocktail. The cocktail is then fine strained into your chilled cocktail glass. Garnish the cocktail with lemon zest and serve. Cheers!

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Gin is brandy flavored with juniper berries, which was originally supposed to be a suitable remedy for kidney disorders. Franciscus Sylvius (1614-1672), professor of medicine at the University of Leyden (Holland), is credited with inventing gin, but the timeline makes no sense. Already in 1606, 8 years before his birth, the Netherlands had taxed Geneva (as gin was called at the time). Who really invented gin is difficult to say with certainty, there are many realistic candidates, including a Dane.
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