White Lady Cocktail Recipe

AKA – Delilah or Chelsea Sidecar

The White Lady is a drink known by a few names. The Chelsea Sidecar references its similarities to the Sidecar. I’m not sure where the White Lady name comes from. Delilah is the least common, but it is my favorite.

A Gin Sidecar

  • Style of Cocktail – The White Lady is a gin based daisy.
  • Glass – this cocktail is typically served in a coupe glass.
  • Egg white – You can make this drink with an egg white foam.

The White Lady is a gin daisy made with an a egg white foam. The recipe is exactly the same as the Sidecar, with the addition of the egg white. This drink looks great in a coupe glass with the thick foam on top.

White Lady Cocktail Recipe

  • Sweet
  • Tart

The White Lady always reminds me a little of a classic orange cream soda. Gin and orange liqueur are a great combination. The egg white foam is a great textural element, but it does need a little fat to balance out the drying effects of the egg white.

Egg White Foams

Whenever you are making a drink with a egg white foam you will do a double shake. Shake the drink once with ice and once without. This will give you a good foamy head on the drink. You are basically turning the egg white into a meringue.

You can do it in either order. If you do the dry shake first it is easier. You can add ice to the shaker and strain it normally. You will get a much better foam if you shake the cocktail with ice first and then without. This requires straining the drink into a second shaker, so it may not be desirable.

White Lady Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 ½ oz London dry gin
  • ¾ oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz rich simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 fresh egg white
  • 1 orange twist for garnish


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add gin, Cointreau , syrup, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 - 15 seconds.
  4. Strain the drink into a clean shaker with no ice and shake again for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Pour into into a chilled coupe glass.
  6. Twist orange zest over the drink and set on rim to garnish.

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