Today, more than a decade since its inception, the Kentucky Maid is one of the most influential cocktails in modern bartending history. Sam Ross of Milk & Honey in New York City created the drink in early aughts along with his famous Paper Plane and Penicillin cocktails, which helped shape the craft-cocktail renaissance. His Kentucky Maid recipe is a refreshing and simple concoction of bourbon, mint, lime, and cucumber—but the taste and presentation are sophisticated.
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