White Lady Cocktail

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



Two White Lady cocktails with lemon garnish

Hit all the citrusy notes with our stylish sip, the White Lady cocktail. A gin-laced sour, where the zesty tartness of the gin, bitter orange botanicals and lemon juice are beautifully tamed by the rich, silky egg white.  

White Lady cocktail ingredients

A boozy front-loaded cocktail needs a top quality gin like a Bulldog Gin for a solid base. Opt for Grand Marnier for your orange liqueur for all the bitter orange this citrusy cocktail relies on. Fresh lemon juice adds to this and always brings the added sweetness that bottled can’t provide. Egg white is our final touch, which brings the silken creamy texture for sophisticated sipping. 



Make sure to chill your glass in the freezer for the best icy sip 


For a vegan version, shake up this cocktail with 40ml aquafaba instead 


Garnish with a sprig of thyme for a showstopper 



1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

lemon juice, freshly squeezed
egg white
To garnish a twist of lemon



Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake for 10 seconds until it’s frothy 


Add a handful of ice and shake for 10 seconds until icy-cold 


Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist

How to make a White Lady cocktail in the best way?

When making a White Lady cocktail recipe, it’s best to not shake your egg white ice. The pros refer to it as a dry-shake. Egg whites froth best at a lower temperature and emulsify into a smooth silky texture. For optimum drinking temperature, shake it with ice after emulsification.  

Chill your stemmed glass in the freezer for short while. Or if no space, drop a few ice cubes into the glass with a little water to chill it. Tip it out before pouring. 

History of the White Lady cocktail

The White Lady cocktail history dates back to the early 1920s. The Harry MacElhone of Paris’ Harry’s Bar fame, created a version of White Lady cocktail, while working in London. First developed with crème de menthe, it morphed to gin over time. We love the end result, apparently Laurel and Hardy loved it too. It was their choice when overnighting at the London Savoy.  

What does the White Lady cocktail taste like?

The White Lady cocktail is a bracingly tart combination of gin, bittersweet orange liqueur and lemon juice. The egg whites take the edge off, and balance the scales to give a smooth mouthfeel and an absolutely sublime sip.  

This tart spirit forward cocktail is a perfect antidote to rich indulgent meals as an after dinner sip. It also pairs well with warm baked pastry bites as a pre-dinner drink. 

Variations of the traditional White Lady cocktail recipe

Here are a few White Lady cocktail variations you shouldn’t miss: 

  • For a Winter White Lady cocktail add a dash or two of aromatic bitters that complement the triple sec, beautifully. 
  • If our White Lady cocktail recipe is too tart for your palette, add a splash of cream along with the egg white for a richer sip. 
  • If zesty flavours are your thing, then try making a Chelsea Sidecar, just omit the egg white and add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup to balance the tang. 
  • A Pink Lady cocktail without egg white is another one to try. To make one, use our White Lady cocktail recipe above, ditching the egg white entirely. Simply swap out the Grand Marnier for applejack (apple brandy) and add a dash of grenadine for all the pretty in pink.