Irish Maid(en)

The Irish Maid(en), an Irish Whiskey riff on the popular London Maid, calls for muddling cucumber slices to release their fresh juices before shaking the remaining ingredients—St-Germain elderflower liqueur, citrus, and simple syrup—with ice and straining the contents into a rocks glass.

The cocktail is floral and refreshing. With its burst of aromatics and the cooling touch of cucumber, it makes a convincing case for whiskey as a summer drink. Serve the Irish Maid(en) to guests at your next backyard barbecue or enjoy it while seated on a porch swing or playing a game of horseshoes.


  • 2 slices cucumber, cut into quarter-inch slices
  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Garnish: cucumber slice
  1. Muddle the cucumber slices in a shaker.
  2. Add the Irish whiskey (may I suggest Teeling?), St-Germain, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  3. Fine-strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
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