White Lion
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White Lion
Cocktail recipe

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The White Lion cocktail is a sweet and citrusy concoction that combines the robust flavors of white rum with the tangy zest of lemon juice, creating a refreshing base. Complemented ... more The White Lion cocktail is a sweet and citrusy concoction that combines the robust flavors of white rum with the tangy zest of lemon juice, creating a refreshing base. Complemented by the fruitiness of raspberry syrup and the rich, nutty taste of orgeat syrup — an almond-flavored mixer often found in tiki drinks — the White Lion offers a harmonious balance between sweet and sharp flavor profiles. Served in a cocktail glass, the drink presents an elegant appearance, making it a delightful choice for those who appreciate rum-based cocktails with a fruity and exotic twist.
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Base ingredient
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White rum
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21.24% | 2.4 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a White Lion

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve

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·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the White Lion cocktail shaken and not stirred?

The White Lion cocktail is shaken, not stirred, to ensure a thorough mix of its ingredients, especially given the inclusion of syrups and lemon juice. Shaking helps to properly chill, dilute, and integrate the flavors, creating a smoother, more homogenous drink. Stirring, typically used for clearer, spirit-forward cocktails, wouldn't achieve the same level of integration and chill.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different syrup if I don't have raspberry or orgeat syrup for the White Lion cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute other syrups in the White Lion if you don't have raspberry or orgeat syrup. For the raspberry syrup, a good substitute could be grenadine for a similar fruity sweetness, though it will change the flavor profile. For the orgeat syrup, almond syrup could work as a direct substitute, maintaining the nutty flavor characteristic of the drink. However, substitutes will alter the original taste of the cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal glass to serve the White Lion cocktail in, and can it be served in a different type?

The White Lion cocktail is traditionally served in a cocktail glass to highlight its elegance and texture. However, if a cocktail glass is not available, a coupe glass or even a martini glass can be used as alternatives. These glasses also allow the aroma and flavor of the cocktail to be appreciated fully.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the White Lion compare to other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 21.24%, the White Lion falls into the moderate range of cocktail strengths. Classic cocktails vary widely in strength, from the lighter Aperol Spritz at around 11% to stronger options like the Martini at around 30% alcohol by volume. Therefore, the White Lion offers a balanced option for those seeking a moderately strong drink.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Are there variations of the White Lion cocktail that include different types of alcohol?

While the classic White Lion recipe features white rum as its base spirit, you can certainly experiment by using different types of alcohol. A variation could include replacing white rum with gin for a more floral and herbaceous profile, or with vodka for a cleaner, more neutral flavor. These substitutions will create a different cocktail experience while maintaining the balance of sweet and tart flavors from the syrups and lemon juice.

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