White Lady Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

There's an infinite amount of puns and jokes we could make about this cocktail's name, but we're choosing not to get canceled. today. This is the White Lady cocktail.

There’s an infinite amount of puns and jokes we could make about this cocktail’s name, but we’re choosing not to get canceled. today. This is The White Lady cocktail.

What is a White Lady?

The White Lady (sometimes called a Delilah or Chelsea Sidecar) is a classic cocktail made with gin, Triple Sec, or Cointreau,  fresh lemon juice, and egg white. It’s like a sidecar, but instead of brandy, it’s made with gin. The drink may also contain other ingredients such as egg white, sugar, cream, or creme de menthe.

History of the White Lady Cocktail

Harry Craddock, deserves a lot of credit as well. He published the recipe in his cocktail Book in 1930, doubling the amount of gin and so making the drink drier. The famed former manager of The American Bar, Peter Dorelli, suggested adding a dash of egg white to bind the drink together and give it a smooth and silky finish.

White lady cocktail in coupe glass with lemon peel garnish
White Lady Cocktail In Coupe Glass With Lemon Peel Garnish. Source: Adobe Stock.

What Glass is a White Lady Served In?

A White Lady is best served in a coupe glass. It can also work in a martini glass, but a coupe is the glass of choice because, well, foam looks best in a coupe glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

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How to Make a White Lady

Below are the ingredients and directions for a White Lady. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

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  • Shake all the ingredients well with ice until the egg is fully emulsified
  • Strain the drink into a glass.

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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