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Literary Cocktail: "The Woman in White"

As the weather has gotten colder I, like many readers, have been getting cozy under blankets and picking up every Gothic, spooky, horror read I can get my hands on! I recently finished Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca (1938), in anticipation of the Netflix movie coming out in October (review to follow of course!) and dove right into Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White (1859).

A copy of The Woman in White is proped up agains a bottle of gin. The finished cocktail is in the foreground.

The title of my current read got me thinking about one of my favourite gin cocktails: The White Lady. It is a very simple recipe (and only two steps!); you may already have all the ingredients at home. Similar to a Sidecar, except this drink is gin based instead of brandy-based, you don't even have to whip up a simple syrup—the orange liqueur will do the job of sweetening. Anything with gin and a dash of sour is an instant win with me, and I hope it will be with you too!


"The leaves fell about me from the groaning branches, and the earthly decay in the atmosphere chilled me to the bones."


Here is the recipe for the "rebranded" classic cocktail The Woman in White—a literary cocktail!

  • 2 oz. gin

  • 1 oz. orange flavoured liqueur (like Cointreau or Triple Sec)

  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and add all the measured ingredients.

  2. Shake well and strain into a Martini or coupe glass.

With 3 oz of liquor this cocktail will absolutely keep you warm this Fall, along with a fuzzy blanket. I love when a good drink and a good book come together!


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