White Lady Cocktail

A simple and elegant cocktail from the late 1920's using gin as the main ingredient

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It’s been a while since I posted a cocktail for you guys – between moving into our new house and the chaos surrounding it, we’ve been so preoccupied that I couldn’t get around to sharing new recipes but today I’m back with a new cocktail for you and it’s called a White Lady.

What is a White Lady?

The White Lady was created in Paris in a bar called Harry’s New York Bar and has been around since late 1920’s. It’s a simple combination of three key ingredients (outlined in the recipe card below) and is a great cocktail when you want something sweet with a bit of zing to it.

a white lady cocktail in a red atomic fish glass design garnished with lemon slice

The Glass

The glass you see here is an Atomic Fish glass by Fred Press and I have to admit, it’s one of my favorites. It’s so mid-century looking with the atomic styling and lately I’ve been hoarding all of the gold emblazoned glassware I can find. It just makes for a great photo.

How does the White Lady compare to other cocktails

There’s quite a few cocktails similar to the White Lady. Two that come to mind right away are the Gin Gimlet and the Gin Swizzle. If you haven’t tried them, I’d definitely recommend giving them a go after you make this one.

I appreciate you all staying patient with Karlynn and I as we get back into the groove of things. It’s felt like forever since we’ve been able to sit down and get back to writing posts on a regular basis but now that we are finally settled into the new house – you can expect plenty of content on a more regular basis.

We’ll be sharing pictures of the new house soon in an upcoming post but if you want a sneak peak video walkthrough of what it looked like before we moved in, check out Karlynn’s story on Instagram.

White Lady

A simple and elegant cocktail from the late 1920's using gin as the main ingredient
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/3 ounce simple syrup


  • Combine ingredients in shaker and shake with ice.
  • Garnish with lemon slice or peel and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have gin and want to try something similar, give the Lemon Drop martini a try.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 9mg, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin C: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. June Robbs says

    This is a good drink. But no simple syrup… used agave. I even found the fish glass on eBay! Cost me more for postage than the glass. Such fun💕5 stars

  2. Mike Johnston says

    It’s basically 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water, you boil the water, add the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Once it’s dissolved, you put it in a sealable contained in the fridge to cool. It’ll last about 2 weeks. If you’re looking to keep it longer, add a shot of vodka to it at the end. That doubles the shelf life.

    If simple syrup is a pain, you can use icing sugar or confectioners sugar as it’s called in some places. Simply add 1 tbsp to the shaker before you shake the cocktail to sweeten things (that’s a trick from decades past)


  3. J. Hansen says

    What is the simple syrup? Is it ordinary corn syrup or something else that a person can make at home?

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