White Lady origin is up for some debate. Some of the people thought that this cocktail was made from Harry McElhone while he was working at Ciro Club in 1919.
At that time, Harry McElhone was using White Creme De Menthe, Triple Sec and Lemon Juice to make this cocktail.
After he owned his own bar, Harry’s New York Bar in Paris then he decide to change the recipe by changing the Creme De Menthe to Gin.
After a few year in 1930, Harry Craddock began making the drink by adding in the egg white to the recipe at the Savoy Hotel in London and published the recipe in his Savoy Cocktail book.
Harry Craddock recipe was the most used recipe for the most bars for making this cocktail.
Back to White Lady, this name is related to a popular legend in many culture’s folklore.
It refers to a woman that dressed all in white which haunts rural areas.
This story usually revolves around some local tragedy. For example a jealousy of lover or a girl who disappear and never went home after a dance.
This legend is commonly found in United States, Ireland and Great Britain.
White Lady steps:
- Pour 15 ml / 0/5 oz of Fresh Lemon Juice into the shaker.
- Pour 30 ml / 1 oz of Cointreau into the shaker.
- Pour 45 ml / 1.5 oz of Gin into the shaker.
- Separate the Egg yolk and egg white and pour the egg white into the shaker.
- Close the shaker and start to dry shake it.
- Add 1 ice cube into the shaker and wait for 10 seconds.
- After that start shaking.
- Use a strainer to strain the cocktail out.