The Delilah is a classic and somewhat forgotten cocktail that also goes by the names White Lady and the Chelsea Sidecar. She is a lovely and simple drink and is one of the fantastic recipes included in the Sidecar family of drinks.
Sidecar-like recipes include popular cocktails like the Margarita (tequila) and the Boston Sidecar (brandy and rum). They follow a very fundamental formula of base liquor, orange liqueur, and citrus fruit. In the case of the Delilah, you will use gin, Cointreau, and lemon. As with any sour drink, it's all about finding a balance between sweet and sour to create a taste to tickle your taste buds.
This is a fabulous cocktail, particularly with the right gin and fresh lemon juice. Experiment with some of the artisan gins that are available because there are some delightful bouquets to be found in this mix.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Choosing a Great White Lady Gin
Your White Lady can be an entirely new experience every time depending on the gin you choose. This makes the cocktail a fun one to play around with. It's also a perfect recipe to rely on while exploring new bottles of gin.
For a rather bold White Lady, opt for a traditional London dry gin like those from Beefeater, Tanqueray, or Martin Miller.
When you're in the mood for something a bit more delicate, reach for a bottle of Aviation or Hendrick's. All of these are readily available and among the brands that every gin lover should know.
For those times when you feel like discovering a uniquely crafted gin, you'll find plenty of options as well. A bottle from The Botanist has a fascinating array of Scottish botanicals and Bloom is truly a garden in a glass.
Don't forget about the American craft gins, either. St. George Spirits and Leopold Bros. are two U.S. distilleries giving the Europeans a run for their money on this style of liquor. In fact, you might check with your local distillery to see if they're creating a gin you didn't know about.
No matter which gin you choose to pour, stick with Cointreau or an orange liqueur of comparable quality and be sure your lemon juice is fresh. The White Lady is not a cocktail to be frugal with, so pour the best and enjoy.
How Strong Is the White Lady?
She looks all delicate and innocent, but the White Lady packs a punch when it comes to the alcohol content. When made with an 80-proof gin and Cointreau, you can expect her to weigh in right around 25 percent ABV (50 proof). This isn't out of sorts, either, as the majority of alcohol-dominant gin martinis are just as strong.