The Story Behind The Irish Lady

In the 1900s, the original White Lady cocktail was created by Harry McElhone while he was working at London's Ciro Club. Today, in honor of St. Patrick's Day, I present a twist on this classic tipple with my very own Irish Lady.

To create a spin on the drink, I've swapped out the gin and replaced it with Irish whiskey, making it the perfect cocktail for any time of day.

The coffee and chocolate notes in the whiskey combine well with the lemon juice, and the simple syrup rounds everything out. I also added egg white to give the cocktail extra depth and character -- it also has the added benefit of softening the flavors and giving the cocktail great mouthfeel. Sláinte!


  • 1½ ounces Irish Whiskey
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white


  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice
  2. Shake really hard for 1 minute
  3. Strain out into separate vessel
  4. Empty ice and replace chilled mixture into cocktail shaker
  5. Shake again for another minute to create a smooth, thick foam
  6. Strain into coupe glass
  7. Garnish and enjoy!

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Updated: 2019-05-06

Irish Lady Recipe