The White Lady

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This version of the white lady is a drink that reminds me of hot sweltering days but brings it back to the earth and winter.

The summers when I lived in Mumbai, India were unbelievably humid and hot. I remember a sweltering evening we had to hunt for so relief. So we migrated over to the beach down the street. The sunsets in Mumbai could be bombastic affairs. All color, light and diffusion pushing through to the lights final destination. I remember sitting on the hotel deck that we found looking over the ocean and enjoying gin for the first time.

Mumbai Beach

(A photo of Juhu beach in Mumbai, India close to a decade ago)

Gin and I have had a complex relationship since the beginning. I once had a terrible one night stand with it in a park with some musician friends of mine. I was 22 and it was lukewarm and tasted like a mix between Russian vodka and a spice shop. It was the cheap stuff and I paid for it dearly the next day.

This all came full circle in another park on a Sunday afternoon in San Francisco. A friend had had earlier that week brought by to a dinner party St. George gin. They make a few but this one tastes distinctly of the pines in California. (It often reminds me of christmas trees as well) They tell us that it evokes “Douglas fir, California bay laurel, coastal sage, and other evocative botanicals”.


4 parts St. George Terroir gin (2 ounces)
1 part Cointreau (1/2 ounce)
1 part fresh lemon juice (1/2 ounce)
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Add the gin, Cointreau and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice.
While this can be made with other gins I feel it loses a lot of the character if you do.