The White Lady was originally created by famous bartender Harry McElhone while he was working at London’s Ciro Club in 1919.
At that time, he used equal parts of white crème de menthe, triple sec and lemon juice. It was not until he had his own Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, which he bought in 1923, that he adapted the recipe by swapping the crème de menthe with gin, still using equal parts. The popularity of the drink grew. In 1930, Harry Craddock, of The American Bar at The Savoy in London, published the recipe in his Savoy Cocktail Book, increasing the volume of gin and therefore making the drink drier and more palatable.
2 oz gin
0.75 oz Triple Sec
0.75 oz lemon
1 dash simple
Garnish: lemon twist
Prep: Shake, strain and garnish.