White Spider Cocktail

white-spider-jeanne-dirys-3“The femme fatale is a spider, blood red lips and black-kohled eyes, nip-waisted, weaving her web of intrigue…Ah, look, another victim. Twitch and fret all you like, the threads just tighten. Deep buried fangs deposit the venom to befuddle the mind.”

—Guy Curnin, Death in the Place Pigalle 

white-spider-2aThis cocktail is a slight variation of the White Lady, which is a Sidecar made with gin instead of brandy.

1 ½ oz Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

½ oz Cointreau

1 tsp. Simple Syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.Garnish with a lemon twist.

white-spider-6a-croppedThe beauty of this drink is that it is very hard to screw it up. A little too sour? Add a touch more Cointreau or sugar. Too sweet? Add a bit more lemon. Want it a bit boozier? Give it a splash more gin. It is infinitely adjustable. I’ve also seen this cocktail made with the addition of an egg white but, as much as I like egg white in a cocktail, in this case I don’t think it adds anything to the drink.

A new drink of the same name is made with equal parts vodka and white crème de menthe, but the mere thought makes my teeth curl.

“She drained him of his pride, his money, his very soul, leaving an empty carcass where the man used to be.” —Guy Curnin, Death in the Place Pigalle