Friday Night Cocktails: White Lady

Another perfect summer drink, the White Lady is a classic, but under the radar cocktail that falls into the category of a "sour."  By definition, a sour abides by the formula of a spirit (gin) + citrus (lemon juice) + sweetener (cointreau - an orange liqueur).  Margaritas fit into this category as do Whiskey Sours and many other popular classics.  Many recipes call for a higher proportion of gin, but I think that equal parts gin/cointreau/lemon juice makes for a smoother summer drink.  For added effect a raw egg white may be shaken along with the other ingredients which will give the drink a lovely white cap of foam.  Because this drink has no garnish serve it in your fanciest glass for maximum Ladies Who Lunch effect. 

White Lady

(makes one)

1 oz gin

1 oz cointreau

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

sugar syrup to taste (optional

1 egg white (optional)

Combine all ingredients over ice in an ice filled martini shaker.  Shake until the shaker is too cold to hold and then strain into a martini or coupe glass.