Drinks, food

Learning The Art of The White Lady

Welcome to part three of a four part series, where we learn the art of cocktail making with Marshall Siavash. In this video, Siavash will demonstrate how a white lady cocktail is made. Several different people claim to have created the classic white lady cocktail. Originally it was believed to be created by famous bartender Harry McElhone while he was working at London's Ciro Club in 1919. It was the perfect balance between white crème de menthe, triple sec and lemon juice. Nowadays, the cocktail is made using gin. Harry Craddock, bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy in London published the recipe in his Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930. In his recipe, he increased the volume of gin to make the drink drier. The former manager at the bar, Peter Dorelli is credited as having suggested that the barman add a dash of egg white to bind the drink and give it a silky white finish. The white lady is rumoured to have been one of Laurel and Hardy’s favourite drinks. Marshall Siavash is the head barman at the House of Machines in Cape Town. In this video, he demonstrates, in true mixologist style, how to make and serve this classic cocktail.


50ml Tanqueray 10 Gin 25ml lemon juice 25ml sugar syrup 1 egg white 25ml Van der Hum Liquor For more information on cocktail making and Marshall Siavash visit House of Machines. View part one - The art of the margarita. View part two - The art of the mint julep.