The White Lady cocktail

It’s no secret that Romain has fallen in love with the Rosemary Gimlet. He’s featured in Drinking French sipping the drink. But I’ve been trying to shake things up, so to speak, and get him to branch out to similar cocktails. And the White Lady is a good one, especially if rosemary isn’t available. But it’s an equally bracing gin and citrus cocktail, that’s easy to make, and drink.

The not-so-secret ingredient is Cointreau, a clear triple sec that gives the drink its shimmering clarity. The lemon juice blurs things up a bit, but is a tangy contrast to the herbaceous gin and complements the orange notes of the iconic French orange liqueur.

The White Lady cocktail
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1 cocktail
Using Cointreau, a clear triple sec, is the orange-flavored liqueur of choice to keep the cocktail white. But if you have another orange liqueur, feel free to use that. (Realizing the color of the cocktail may vary.)
1 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce Cointreau (or another orange-flavored liqueur, see headnote)
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
lemon twist, for garnish
1. Add the gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Fill two-thirds with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until well-chilled, about 15 seconds.
2. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.


The White Lady cocktail

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  • May 11, 2020 11:47am

    Here you say you can use another orange liqueur and having bought a bottle of triple sec I’m wondering if I can substitute it for Cointreau in all the recipes in the book, or whether I should go out and buy a bottle of Cointreau as well for when you specifically saying to use it. (I’m trying not to have too many half used bottles sitting around). Reply

    • May 11, 2020 11:49am

      (Sorry that left before I had a chance to check it) Reply

  • TxLaurieLou
    May 11, 2020 5:33pm

    This sounds pretty good to me. I love citrus. I’ve got Paula’s Texas Orange so am using that for triple sec. Will be watching IG Live Reply

  • Antonia Hyde
    May 11, 2020 5:40pm

    I love both rosemary and basil gimlets. This last one my favorite drink last summer. This lady sounds lovely only it would be in the treat category because as you know, Cointreau is extremely expensive in the US. Way more so than passable gin. Reply

    • May 11, 2020 7:04pm
      David Lebovitz

      Yes, it’s not inexpensive in the U.S. but it is available in half-bottles. The Pierre Ferrand Triple Sec I mentioned is about one-third less in price in the U.S. and is very good, so that would work as well. Reply

  • Debraellen
    May 11, 2020 9:11pm

    Making this tonight! Thanks so much for the daily Instagram lives! Love watching you and Romain! Got my copy of your book this weekend for Mother’s Day! Reply

  • Dimitri
    May 11, 2020 10:53pm

    So, a lemon drop that uses gin and no sugar? Sounds great! (But I may have to modify with some simple syrup) Reply

  • Anne
    May 11, 2020 11:26pm

    I really enjoyed the Apero hour! I totally get you might want to take a break but hope they appear every now and then. Go enjoy Paris! Reply

  • Carol-Ann
    May 12, 2020 12:03am

    May I also suggest the French liqueur Beauchant? I prefer it to Cointreau because it isn’t quite as viscous. I also use it in Margaritas. Reply

    • May 12, 2020 8:39am
      David Lebovitz

      You could use that for sure, although it’s cognac-based so like the Ferrand Triple Sec (or Grand Marnier) the color of the drink will be darker as it’s not clear. But if you have that on hand, you could def. use it. Reply

  • Monica
    May 12, 2020 2:09am

    I love gin. Never thought to pair it with orange liqueur! Great drink! Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • David Lewis
      May 16, 2020 5:04pm

      Tanqueray have a Seville orange flavoured gin in Europe. It’s slightly sweet, 41.3% ABV, and good on the rocks or even with tonic.

      They also do one with lime infusion. Reply

  • Adriana
    May 12, 2020 7:54am

    Oh my! Got sidelined by the Rosemary Gimlet. It was exquisite! Thank you, Romain for the recommendation! Reply

  • Christian
    May 12, 2020 10:46am

    So a Margharita with gin for tequila. Reply

  • Vala
    May 12, 2020 12:12pm

    Too easy to drink this one Ohlala Reply

  • Margaret
    May 12, 2020 1:35pm

    We’ve been making this for years but imho this recipe calls for way too much lemon juice. We use much less, maybe a half a teaspoon. Otherwise, great drink. Reply

    • May 12, 2020 1:53pm
      David Lebovitz

      You could certainly use less lemon juice. The original recipe in The Savoy Cocktail Cocktail Book calls for “1/2 dry gin, 1/4 Cointreau, 1/4 Lemon Juice” but it’s adaptable to taste. Reply

  • Cindy Williamson
    May 12, 2020 3:55pm

    David, made your rhubarb infused gin that Deb has on her blog now but I did it sous vide – 150/2 hours and it was fantastic with a splash of champagne – no need to wait a month! Reply

  • serafinadellarosa
    May 12, 2020 4:49pm

    I’ve been drinking White Ladies for years during the summer. It’s a great drink! Thanks for giving it such a nice write up! Reply

  • Christina
    May 12, 2020 7:00pm

    Is dry curaçao an acceptable substitute for Cointreau, or are they too different? Thanks! Reply

  • Jennifer
    May 13, 2020 2:48am

    I mixed this up tonight and found it was just the thing to end a sunny Tuesday in Brooklyn. I’ve been enjoying your Instagram live apéro videos so much! Thanks for all the inspiration. Reply

    • May 13, 2020 10:56am
      David Lebovitz

      Happy you like the cocktail and the videos! :) Reply

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