The White Lady has got to be the cocktail that you simply must dress up for. As a child I remember watching my mother’s friends arriving in their pillbox hats and lace gloves, it seemed all very ‘sophisticated darling’. If you’re having a party then why not make it an occasion and dress the part?
I have come across various different recipes and they are all pretty much the same. However what I have realised, is that the difference comes with the preparation of the drink. What follows is a scaled down version which I do and to be totally honest it does not in my opinion have any adverse effects to the end product.
I make it this way all the time and it works for me.
100 ml Plymouth gin(you can use any other i just prefer the taste to this one.)
100 ml Cointreau
50ml Lemon Juice
50 ml Lime Juice
4 tablespoons caster sugar
Crushed ice cubes
4 Chilled glasses
Juice the lemons and limes and then pour into the jug through a sieve (by doing this you will not have any pieces of the fruit in your drink). Add the caster sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Measure your Gin and put it into the shaker along with the citrus juice and sugar mix.
Add the ice cubes.
Shake over ice and then pour into your chilled glasses.
If you want to garnish your cocktail then lightly beat an egg white in a dish and dip the glasses rim down into it, next dip the rim into some sugar.(It goes with out saying that you should do this before you pour the cocktail into the glass.)
Once you have caught the bug, cocktail making is addictive. If you like the White Lady and lets be honest it’s hard not to, it is extremely refreshing. The citrus contrasts wonderfully with the warmness of the gin and unlike a lot of other cocktails the White Lady is not sickly sweet.
So Why not try making the Pink Lady. The key ingredients are very similar to the White Lady, so you can be sure that you will like it. However the Grenadine Syrup adds a slight tint to the liquid and a rather interesting taste.
100 ml Gin
4 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
100 ml Lemon or Lime Juice
A splash of Grenadine Syrup
4 Maraschino Cherries
4 Chilled glasses
Juice your lemons or limes however do not combine the two as with the Whit Lady as the citrus flavours will be too over powering. Pour into the jug through a sieve. Add the caster sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Measure your Gin and put it into the shaker along with the citrus juice and sugar mix, Grenadine Syrup and ice cubes.
Shake over ice and then pour into your chilled glasses and drop a Maraschino cherry into the glass as a garnish.