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November 2007 - White Lady                                    Back to Pub Reviews

White Lady is a simple yet elegant drink, and much more powerful than the name suggests! Also known as a Delilah, Chelsea Side-car and Lillian Forever, it is essentially a Sidecar made with gin in place of brandy.

According to Wikipedia, there is a dispute as to who invented this cocktail.  One story is 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.

The Savoy's Harry Craddock also lays claim to the invention of the White Lady - it appears in his Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930.

Some recipes add egg white, some don't.  Some include cream, some don't - below is a selection of the recipes available.

White Lady (From drinkalizer.com)

1 shot gin
1/2 shot Cointreau
1 shot lemon juice
1 tsp egg white

Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass. Decorate with a red cherry.

White Lady (From "Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by Linda Doeser, Parragon Publishing 2005)

4-6 cracked ice cubes

2 measures gin

1 measure Triple Sec

1 measure Lemon Juice

Put the ice cubes into a cocktail shaker. Pour in gin, triple sec and lemon juice.  Shake vigorously until a frost forms.  Stain into a chilled cocktail glass.

White Lady (From Drinkswap.com)

2 oz Gin

1 oz Light Cream 

1 tsp Superfine Sugar

1 Egg White


In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.


Jackie, Dipsophilia.com

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