The session drink known as the Irish Maid is the perfect St. Paddy’s Day cocktail. It is light, refreshing, bright, and twinkles like the Emerald Isle itself. This St. Patrick’s Day, ditch the green beer for this sophisticated grown-up drink! Cheers! This St. Patrick’s Day cocktail requires just five ingredients to make. Give it a try, and sip away on a refreshing and delicious boozy cocktail. This drink is also fantastic for making for parties if you are planning a party!
The Irish Maid: The Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail
Here’s hoping you have a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day! What’s on your St. Paddy’s Day to-do-list? Making Irish Soda Bread? Listening to Thistle & Shamrock? (I adore Fiona Ritchie, don’t you?) Or sucking down a few pints of green beer? I field-tested a wonderful session drink (meaning a drink you can drink all night), the delicious and traditional, The Irish Maid. This cocktail is my liquefied version of a pot of Irish Gold. For starters, it’s got a pretty good double jigger of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey (but any good Irish whiskey will do, don’t ye’ know?).
About this St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail
The Irish Maid cocktail is an easy cocktail to prepare. All you’ll need is a wee-spot of Elderflower liqueur, a dribble of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and the sweet splash of simple syrup tinged with o’ bit of honey. But the ingredient that sets this toast to the Emerald Isle apart is the addition of freshly sliced and crisp cucumber! The muddled cucumber lends an earthiness to this homage to the unsung heroine of Irish-American culture, the Irish Maid. This cocktail drinks light and is ideal for evening sipping, and it doesn’t sit heavy like a pint of Irish beer. Enjoy. Cheers!
This St. Patrick’s Day, I’m replacing the green beer with something a bit more, well, less green.
Not all cucumbers are created equal; for this cocktail recipe, I am using English cucumbers because they have a thin outer rind, small seeds, and are less bitter than a conventional cucumber. Muddle two cucumber slices in the bottom of a cocktail mixing glass.
Add the muddled cucumbers to a cocktail tin filled with pebbled ice. I like using the pebbled ice because it helps with dilution, but use whatever ice you have on hand.
You can’t make a respectable St. Paddy’s Day cocktail without Jameson & Sons’ Irish Whiskey.
The Ingredients You Will Need To Make This Irish Maid Cocktail:
Irish Whiskey. You can’t make an Irish-themed cocktail without using a dram (or two) of good Irish Whiskey. I like Jameson because it’s easy to find, and Jameson was the first Whiskey I bought when I got my first apartment and started doing grown-up things.
Elderflower Liqueur. Fun fact, it takes about 1,000 elderberry flowers to make a single bottle of elderflower liqueur. That’s a lot of fresh flowers. I am not sure how this ingredient became essential to the making of the Irish Made, but it’s indispensable. I prefer the St. Germaine version but grab whatever brand of elderflower liqueur you can find.
Honey Simple Syrup. Make this ingredient by combining one cup of water with one cup of sugar, adding 1/4 cup of honey, and bringing it to a boil. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid, steep for ten minutes. Done.
Cucumber. The addition of fresh cucumber is an unexpected treat in this cocktail. If you can, use an English cucumber because it is sweeter than the regular slicer cucumbers we’re most familiar with, and the English cucumber has smaller seeds. But use whatever variety of cucumber you can find.
Lemon Juice. As always, freshly squeezed lemon juice works best, and it brightens things up while adding the appeal of citrus, and lemon juice will lend a balance to the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur and the honey simple syrup.
Ice. This simple ingredient is without question the essential element of them all. Adding ice into a cocktail tin with the rest of the ingredients and shaking it all up like a madman is how the magic happens. The ice crushing against the inside of the cocktail shaker dilutes the ice and helps bring all of the ingredients together.
You Will Love This Cocktail Because It’s:
- Not Too Sweet
- Has Irish Whiskey
Irish Whiskey plus elderflower liqueur, who knew?
Alternative to Jameson Whiskey
If you can’t find or get Jameson Whiskey, you can easily swap it with any Irish whiskey. You will find that depending on where you live, the alcohol available in your area can vary a bit. So talk to the liquor store and ask for an Irish style or substitute for Jameson Whiskey.
What Is A Honey Simple Syrup
This honey simple syrup is a great way to sweeten cocktails with natural sugar. It is very easy to make a honey simple syrup. Or you can head to the store and buy a simple syrup to replace it.
For making a honey syrup, you simply 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup honey into a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, drop the heat down to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Make sure to stir, or it will burn.
The syrup will reduce a bit, and once it thickens, you will pour it into a container and use it to flavor your drinks. Store the syrup in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Can You Make This Jameson Cocktail In Advance
This easy Jameson and Elderflower cocktail is best to be made right before serving. You will find that the drink separates a bit and will become watered down if you make it too far in advance.
Why Do You Mash Cucumbers For Cocktail
Use a muddler for the cucumbers is going to help release some of the juice from the cucumbers. This will add a nice smooth flavor to your drink and add a pop of color. You will love this hint of fresh cucumber in this cocktail. It helps level out the sweetness of the drink.
St. Patrick’s Day cocktail idea:
- 2 ounces Jameson Whiskey, Jameson Casemates, or Jameson Black
- 3 slices of cucumber
- 0.5-ounce Elderflower Liqueur
- 0.75 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.75-ounce honey simple syrup
- Ice Cubes
Type of Glass: A standard whiskey or rocks glass
- Into a shaking tin, drop in two (2) slices of cucumber, mash the cucumbers using a muddler.
- Add Whiskey, Elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and lots of ice.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a wheel of fresh cucumber.
- Drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
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Other St. Patrick’s Drinks to buy
Cheers to a great St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Be sure to grab the recipe for our Grasshopper Cocktail as well!
St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to try: St. Germaine Grasshopper
- 2 ounces Jameson Whiskey Casemates or Black
- 3 slices of cucumber
- 0.5 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
- 0.75 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.75-ounce Simple Syrup with a drop of honey (the honey is optional)
- Ice Cubes
- Type of Glass:
- A standard whiskey or rocks glass