Like many classic cocktails, several different people have claimed to have “created” The White Lady. But thanks to including it in his Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930, Harry Craddock seems to get quite a bit of the credit.
Regardless of the original creator, it’s safe to say Craddock made quite a few of these at The American Bar. According to Joe Gilmore, (another former head barman at The Savoy), the White Lady was one of Laurel and Hardy’s favorite drinks.
Not Quite What I Expected:
This was actually my first time trying the famed classic gin cocktail, and it was fairly different than my expectations. The texture was very different than most egg white cocktails I was used to – It didn’t have the frothy smoothness that I expected.
Still, it’s a great simple cocktail for when you’re looking for a tasty variation on a traditional “sour.” For my taste, I’d probably kick up the sweetness a bit… but let’s be honest, I say that a lot!
The White Lady
- 2 oz London Dry Gin
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
- 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 each Fresh Egg White
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker without ice. Dry shake.
- Add ice, and shake again
- Fine-strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.
Not a bad drink. I still prefer a sidecar though.