Our third and final cocktail is the officla IBA version of the White Lady, which was was made in honor of Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz, who helped British prisoners of war escape Turkey in the first world war. She would dress up as an old Turkish wash lady (dressed in white) and hide the prisoners in the washing trolley. The drink was named by the soldiers she rescued.
The white lady was made in honor of Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz, who helped British prisoners of war escape Turkey in the first world war. She would dress up as an old Turkish wash lady (dressed in white) and hide the prisoners in the washing trolley. The drink was named by the soldiers she rescued.
<The original recipe for the white lady was devised by Harry MacElhone in 1919 at Ciro's Club in London. He originally used crème de menthe, but replaced it with gin at Harry's New York Bar in Paris in 1929.
According to the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, the drink was created there by Harry Craddock.
40mlLondon Dry Gin
20mlfreshly squeezed lemon juice
Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add all ingredients and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
A recipe for the white lady made with gin, Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice appears in the Savoy Cocktail Book, published in 1930. Joe Gilmore, former Head Barman at The Savoy, says this was one of Laurel and Hardy's favorite drinks.
Early recipes like MacElhone's and Craddock's do not have egg white as one of the recorded ingredients.
White lady (also known as a Delilah or Chelsea sidecar) is a classic cocktail that is made with gin, cointreau or Triple Sec, fresh lemon juice and an optional egg white. It belongs to the sidecar family, made with gin in place of brandy. The cocktail sometimes also includes additional ingredients, for example egg white, sugar, cream, or creme de menthe.
The classic concoction is most commonly served in a martini cocktail glass. When an egg white is added a champagne coupe is preferable; the silky foam clings more pleasingly to the curved glass.
Sure, I can change the names of the two people in the anecdote. Here is the same anecdote with the names changed to Alex and Ben:
It was a cold and rainy night in London, and two friends, Alex and Ben, were sitting in a pub, drinking White Ladies. They had been friends since college, and they always enjoyed talking about history.
Alex was a history professor, and he was currently teaching a class on the First World War. He was fascinated by the story of Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz, a Polish woman who helped British prisoners of war escape Turkey.
"Did you know that there's a cocktail named after her?" Alex asked Ben.
"No, I didn't," Ben said. "What's it called?"
"It's called the White Lady," Alex said. "It's made with gin, Cointreau, and lemon juice. It's said that the soldiers she rescued named it after her because she always wore white when she helped them escape."
"That's a beautiful story," Ben said. "I'm glad there are people like her in the world."
Alex and Ben continued to talk about Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz for a while longer. They were both inspired by her story, and they vowed to never forget her sacrifice.
As they finished their drinks, Alex looked out the window at the rain. He thought about all the people who had lost their lives in the First World War, and he was grateful for the heroes who had helped to bring peace.
"To Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz," Alex said, raising his glass. "May her story never be forgotten."
Ben clinked his glass against Alex's. "To Eveline," he said.
They both took a sip of their drinks, and then they sat in silence for a moment, each lost in their own thoughts.
"I'm glad we talked about her tonight," Ben said finally. "She was a remarkable woman."
"Yes, she was," Alex said. "And I'm glad we're drinking a White Lady in her honor."
They finished their drinks, and then they left the pub. As they walked down the street, Alex thought about all the things he would do to make the world a better place, just like Eveline Alice Wander Gorkiewicz had done.