The Irish Maid is a variation on the Kentucky Maid. The drink was created by Sam Ross, the acclaimed New York bartender who is the creative mind behind modern classics like the Penicillin and the Paper Plane. The Kentucky Maid features bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup and mint. After its debut, the Kentucky Maid kicked off a versatile family of cocktails—including this one—in which a base spirit is combined with fresh, seasonal ingredients like cucumber.
The Irish Maid calls for muddling cucumber slices to release their fresh juices before shaking the remaining ingredients—St-Germain elderflower liqueur, zesty citrus and simple syrup—with ice and straining the contents into a rocks glass. The cocktail is herbaceous, refreshing, and bursting with aromatics. Its cooling touch of cucumber makes it a refreshing choice for a summer drink that’s not too sweet.
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