Even if you aren’t an Elder Lady, or a lady at all, I am fairly certain you will love this cocktail.
Even though she’s a lady, she’ll kick your butt. She can’t be ‘mocktailed’ so if that’s what your scheming, forget it. Just make her like she’s meant to be or grab a Coke and call it a day.
In my new favorite cocktail book, The New Cocktail Hour by André and Tanya Darlington (best cocktail book ever!) there is a fantastic vintage cocktail called White Lady. This spectacular cocktail first appeared in 1919. The White Lady calls for gin and Cointreau, but what does one do when there is no Cointreau in the cupboard?
This exact predicament happened to me recently and being the clever girl that I am, I experimented with St. Germain it its place. Mon Dieu! Quelle délicieuse! (Why am I speaking French? I have no idea…maybe its the influence of St. Germain! 😂🇫🇷) St. Germain is an elderflower liquor (get it…ELDERflower? I have to thank my husband for this one…he came up with the name and I like it!)
Wimp Warning! It has egg white in it. Afraid of raw eggs in cocktails? I can’t help you count the ways in which you’re missing out.
What you’ll need for one cocktail:
- 1.5 oz London Dry gin (Beefeater or Tanqueray)
- 1 oz St. Germain
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg white (I use high quality eggs…truth be told, I’m not sure I’d drink just any raw egg…)
- lemon slice for garnish
How to make it:
Put all ingredients (except for garnish) into a shaker filled with ice and shake. I prefer to shake the egg with the rest of the ingredients with the ice rather than dry shake it with no ice. I like the more. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with the mint and lime.