TBT Classic Cocktail #20: White Lion!




Happy Thursday, TWATB-ers!

For this week’s TBT Classic Cocktail we decided to pull out one of our old favorites: the White Lion! 

This is a drink that has been showing up in bartending manuals since the 1880s, and although it may be an old, old, old-y, it is definitely a goody. 

The actual origins of the White Lion are not known, so it is difficult for us to explain to you why a drink called the White Lion is, in fact, pink in color–but as we have said so often before, don’t let the color fool you, this is a Big Girl drink for real ladies and gentlemen who know their way around a bar. 


For the White Lion, you will need: 

  • 2 oz young rum 
  • 1 oz lemon juice 
  • 1 egg white (or 1/2 oz pre-made egg white mixture)
  • 1 tspn Curacao (Grand Marnier)
  • 2 tspns superfine sugar 
  • 1 tspn grenadine 
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Gather your ingredients plus your jiggers, cocktail shaker, fruit press, and serving glass. 

First, squeeze your lemon juice and add 1 oz to your shaker glass. 


Now add in your 2 oz of rum. 


Follow that with 1 tspn of Curacao, and 2 tspns of superfine sugar. 


Now add in your egg white. This adds a froth to the drink and contributes to the overall consistency, but does not alter the flavor at all — if you are uncomfortable using egg whites in your drink you can skip it. 


Follow that with your 1 tspn of grenadine.


Now add ice to your shaker, and sh-sh-shake that for 30-60 seconds. 


Now strain that delicious White (pink) Lion into your glass! 


Add your cherry, and you are ready to go! 


Cheers, everyone!


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