White Lady

White Lady (also known as a Delilah,[5] or Chelsea Side-car[5]) is essentially a sidecar made with gin in place of brandy. What makes it different from the simple gin sour is the switching of sugar for triple sec. The cocktail sometimes also includes additional ingredients, for example egg white, sugar, or cream.

The classic concoction is most commonly served in a Martini cocktail glass. When an egg white is added a champagne coupe is preferable; the silky foam clings more pleasingly to the curved glass.

It is disputed who originally invented the drink. There are at least two different opinions: first that it was devised by Harry MacElhone in 1919 at Ciro’s Club in London. He originally used crème de menthe, but replaced it with gin at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris in 1929.[6]

But The Savoy’s Harry Craddock also claims the White Lady (gin, Cointreau, fresh lemon juice). The recipe appears in his Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930.[7] Joe Gilmore, former Head Barman at The Savoy, says this was one of Laurel and Hardy‘s favorite drinks.[8]

In John le Carré‘s 1965 novel The Looking Glass War, British spy and main protagonist Fred Leiser’s favorite drink is a White Lady, and he makes several attempts to get other agents to try the cocktail.

In Dorothy Sayers‘ mystery novel Have His Carcase Lord Peter has a White Lady when he hears about his “Lady” Miss Harriet Vane being in trouble again.

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40 ml | 1 1/3 oz | 4 parts | 8/9 jiggers


30 ml | 1 oz | 3 parts | 2/3 jiggers


20 ml | 2/3 oz | 2 parts | 4/9 jiggers




Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into large cocktail glass.

A variant of the Sidecar.

Alcohol: Gin

Mix: Triple Sec; Lemon Juice

Garnish: Lemon Wedge (optional)

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

Served: Straight up; without ice

Everything you'll need to make White Ladies!

Empress 1908 Gin
Empress 1908 Gin
Triple Sec
Triple Sec
Lucy's 100% Lemon Juice
Lucy's 100% Lemon Juice
Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail glasses
Cocktail glasses
Stainless Steel Jigger
Stainless Steel Jigger


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