The white lady cocktail is the perfect balance of sour and sweet. It uses gin, orange liqueur, and lemon juice to create a tasty three ingredient cocktail.
Many years ago (too many years ago), I drank a bunch of white lady cocktails on my 30th birthday. They used to be one of my favorites. Somewhere along the way, I forgot about them. But I recently have added them back into the cocktail rotation, because they are so good and so easy. There's something about the sweet tartness of them. The lemon, the orange, the gin. It's such a nice balance. That sweet/sour balance.
The white lady is a simple three ingredient cocktail. The kind that is almost TOO easy to whip up. Other similar cocktails include daiquiris, sidecars, and even margaritas! Those also have that nice citrus sour balance going on (and minimal ingredients!)
- Triple Sec, or other orange liqueur
- Fresh lemon juice
How to make the cocktail
Making the cocktail is so easy. Just add the gin, triple sec, and fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Add ice, then shake until chilled. Strain into your preferred glass. Garnish with whatever you like, or leave off the garnish altogether!
Garnishes and glasses
You can serve the white lady with different garnishes! We've done it with lemon slices (lemon wheels), orange slices, lemon peel, and orange peel. You can also serve without any garnish.
We've also served in different glasses. You can serve in martini glasses (as pictured), coupe glasses, or even lowball glasses. It's typically served up, which means without ice.
White Lady Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz Triple sec or other orange liqueur
- 1 oz lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Take out a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, triple sec, and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker.
- Add ice to the shaker.
- Shake for 20 seconds, or until chilled.
- Strain into a glass of your choice.
- Garnish as desired.
- We used martini glasses for this recipe, but you can also use coupe glasses or lowball glasses.
- You can garnish with a lemon wheel, orange wheel, lemon peel, or orange peel.