The original White Lady cocktail was invented by famed bartender Harry MacElhone in 1919 while working at Ciro’s Club in London. It originally featured crème de menthe, triple sec and lemon in an interesting albeit unusual combination of ingredients. This version enjoyed a decade-long run, but it didn’t last. It was in 1929 that the White Lady cocktail as we know it today was born - replacing the crème de menthe with Triple sec liqueur and sugar syrup. Our top tip is that you can replace the Triple sec and sugar syrup with the same portion of Cointreau orange liqueur - a mainstay in most cocktail cabinets.
45ml White Pearl Gin
15ml Triple sec liqueur
15ml Lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.