The cocktail hour: White Lady


A photo of our White Lady cocktail

The White Lady cocktail was born in London and refined in Paris; today, it’s loved far and wide. Here’s how to make the timeless classic.

The White Lady is said to have been created at Ciro’s Club – a historical London nightclub just off Haymarket – by bartender Harry MacElhone. The original recipe consisted of triple sec, crème de menthe and lemon juice. By 1929, MacElhone had opened his own bar in Paris, which is when crème de menthe was replaced with gin. This is the version we know today, and it’s delicious with our No.3 London Dry Gin.

The ingredients

  • 45ml No.3 Gin
  • 22.5ml Triple sec
  • 22.5ml Lemon juice
  • 10ml Sugar syrup
  • Lemon

The method

Shake all the ingredients together with ice until very cold. Strain the liquid, discarding the ice, then return the liquid to the shaker and dry shake (without ice). Pour into a chilled glass, garnish with a twist of lemon zest and enjoy.

Discover another recipe for our No.3 London Dry Gin here.