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!
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?).
The Irish Maid cocktail is an easy cocktail to prepare, all you’ll need is a wee-spot of Elderberry liqueur, a dribble of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and the sweet 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 Cocktail:
Irish Whiskey. You can’t make an Irish themed cocktail without using a dram (or two) of respectable 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.
Elderberry Liqueur. Fun fact, it takes about 1,000 elderberry flowers to make a single bottle of elderberry 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 elderberry liqueur you can find.
Honey Simple Syrup. Make this ingredient by combining one cup of water with one cup of sugar, add two tablespoons of honey and bring to a boil, keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then 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 lends a balance to the sweetness of the elderberry liqueur and the honey simple syrup.
Ice. This simple ingredient is without 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 elderberry liqueur, who knew?
St. Patrick’s Day cocktail idea:
- 2 ounces Jameson Whiskey, Jameson Casemates or Jameson Black
- 3 slices of cucumber
- 0.5-ounce Elderberry 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, using a muddler mash cucumbers.
- Add Whiskey, Elderberry 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.
Cheers to a great St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Be sure to grab the recipe for our Grasshopper Cocktail as well!
NEW St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to try: St. Germaine Grasshopper