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White Lady

An exceptionally lethal drink, this white lady recipe is ideal when you want to obliterate your taste buds. It's a variant of the sidecar, but you certainly won't be safe to ride after this one.

It’s hardly surprising that this drink has disputed origins, considering that the ingredients are relatively basic. The first records of its existence date from around 1930, and it takes advantage of the growing availability of lemons of the time. Different versions have differing ingredients that radically alter the structure and the feel of the recipe, but the official IBA version is easy enough that anyone can make it.

White Lady


  • Cocktail glass
  • 1 double shot of Fishers gin
  • 1 single shot of triple sec
  • 1 shot of lemon juice
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice

How to serve it

  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and serve

Adding cream to the drink can cause it to separate, but this can be somewhat desirable. Some like to sweeten it with sugar, and the original drink substituted the gin for crème de menthe. This creates a radically different drink, one with distinct mint flavourings, and it also adds a green hue. Either way, you'll have to experiment a little to find the perfect combination of ingredients for your tastes.