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.
According to the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, the drink was created there by Harry Craddock.
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: