The Irish Maid

Quite simply, the Irish Maid is a fantastic cocktail. The ingenious, food-friendly blend of bourbon-barrel aged whiskey, floral elderflower liqueur, sour lemon and bright, grassy cucumber make for a tart, expertly balanced and invigorating experience. Reminiscent of a classy whiskey sour, the Irish Maid is actually a riff on legendary Milk & Honey mixologist Sam Ross’ Kentucky Maid, the Derby-worthy cucumber-and-bourbon combo that took New York City’s cocktail scene by storm several years back. It might not make your bed or sweep your floors, but trust us—this is the best maid money can buy.


1 oz Irish whiskey, preferably Jameson Black Barrel
½ oz elderflower liqueur, preferably St-Germain
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
¾ simple syrup
3 slices of cucumber


Drop the cucumber slices into an empty cocktail shaker and muddle until the juices are fully expressed. Fill the shaker with ice and add the remaining ingredients. Cap and shake strenuously, then strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a thin slice of cucumber and serve cold.

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