Whenever my son arrives for a visit from Germany, where he now lives, he brings recipes for us to try together – always an adventure! After working our way through an avocado and smoked salmon salad from a trashy ladies’ magazine, we pulled out our copy of Die Grosse Welt Der Getranke (The Wide World of Drinks), a German language cocktail book from 1977. We chose a White Lady cocktail not because of its name but because we had the ingredients on hand!
The drink supposedly originated in London and then migrated to Paris. Apparently, it was one of Laurel & Hardy’s favorite drinks! There wasn’t anything too comical about what we made – the lemon gave it a sour edge but an egg white softened it and gave it a great bubbly texture. The photo shows both.
White Lady (1977)
Makes 1 drink
2-3 ice cubes
1 ounce gin
½ ounce Cointreau [I used Grand Marnier]
½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 maraschino cherry on a stick
1 egg white (optional)
Put the ice cubes, gin, Cointreau and lemon juice in a shaker and shake it up. Strain into a cocktail glass and add the cherry. For a milder drink, add 1 egg white to the shaker and shake it up before straining into the glass.