There are few Irish cocktails that I go back to as much as the Irish Maid cocktail.
This is one of the easier-to-drink Irish whiskey cocktails and it’s packed full of flavour. It’s the perfect summers day tipple and it’s super easy to make.
Below, you’ll find an easy-to-follow, no-BS guide to making the Irish Maid drink in under 60 seconds. Dive on in!
Some quick need-to-knows before making an Irish Maid cocktail
Before you look at how to make an Irish Maid, take 20 seconds to read the points below – they’ll make your life easier and your drink tastier:
1. Pick a good Irish whiskey
A great Irish whiskey will make all the difference. Personally, I like Redbreast 12, but if you hop into our guide to the best Irish whiskey brands or our guide to the best cheap Irish whiskey, you’ll find plenty to choose from.
2. Be careful when ‘muddling’
You need to ‘muddle’ cucumber slices. Now, if you don’t have a muddler, you can use the end of a wooden spoon. When ‘muddling’, you want to press down gently on the cucumber and twist. The goal is to release the flavours – not to mash it up.
3. No cocktail shaker?! No problem!
This cocktail requires a bit of shaking. If you have a cocktail shaker at home, amazing. If you don’t, a protein shaker will do just fine. They’re also nice and cheap if you need to buy one.
Our Irish Maid drink ingredients
The ingredients for the Irish Maid cocktail are pretty straightforward, and you’ll be able to grab them in most big stores with a good drinks section. Here’s what you need:
- 2 ounces of your favourite Irish whiskey
- 1/2 an ounce of elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 of an ounce of simple syrup
- 3/4 of an ounce of fresh lemon juice (not lemonade!)
How to make an Irish Maid cocktail
The prep for this popular St Patrick’s Day cocktail couldn’t be more straightforward, and you can knock-it-up in a couple of minutes. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Prep your glass
You’ll see this step in all of our Irish cocktail recipes. However, in this one, I’m going to recommend that you take your glass, 1/2 fill it with ice and leave it sit.
The glass can chill away while we get our Irish Maid mixture ready.
Step 2: Muddle 2 slices of cucumber
Take your cocktail shaker or your protein shaker and pop 2 slices of cucumber at the bottom. Then use the end of a wooden spoon to gently muddle them.
To do this, simply press down on them and twist. This will release the flavours nicely.
Step 3: Assemble your mixture in the shaker
Pour in the whiskey, the elderflower liqueur, simple syrup and the freshly squeezed lemon juice on top of the cucumber and then 1/2 fill the shaker with ice.
Shake hard until you feel the ice start to break up (or when you feel the shaker become chilled!).
Step 4: Strain, garnish and serve
Empty the ice out of the glass you had chilling and strain the Irish Maid mixture on tip of it. You can then either garnish it with a slice of cucumber or a thin slice of orange.
FAQs about making the Irish Maid cocktail
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What Irish Maid recipe is the easiest?’ to ‘Which has the least calories?’
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
How do you make an Irish Maid cocktail?
Muddle 2 cucumber slices in a shaker and add whiskey, elderflower liqueur, syrup, lemon juice and ice. Shake and serve over ice.
What ingredients are needed for the Irish Maid drink?
2 ounces of whiskey, 1/2 an ounce of elderflower liqueur, 3/4 of an ounce of simple syrup and 3/4 of an ounce of lemon juice.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).