harry macelhone

White Lady (Original)

White Crème de Menthe - 2/3 oz

Cointreau - 2/3 oz

Lemon Juice - 2/3 oz

Shake everything with ice cubes and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

From “Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails”. If you believe that Harry MacElhone was the real inventor of the White Lady, then this is the original version from Ciro’s Club, London, 1919; later MacElhone replaced crème de menthe with gin in his Harry’s Bar, Paris, 1929.

Quite enjoyable, I found the orange and mint combination pretty interesting; but compared to his latter version, this White Lady is a little too sweet, less refreshing, and lacking a solid base.