The Irish Maid is a whiskey cocktail that’s light, crisp and often featured on menus each March as a seasonal St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. It’s easy to make and refreshing enough to be enjoyed year round – and thanks to Park Heights Restaurant in Tupelo, Mississippi, now we can do just that. Park Heights, a fine dining restaurant located in Tupelo’s historic Fairpark District, specializes in creative Southern and American cuisine. Big thanks to the team there and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau for generously sharing this St. Paddy’s drink recipe with Sweet New Roots for all of us to enjoy!
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Kentucky Maid cocktail, which features bourbon and lime, you’ll want to give the Irish Maid a try. Park Heights handcrafts their honey simple syrup in house. You can buy honey simple syrup, make your own, or use regular simple syrup. Note that pure honey and honey simple syrup are not equal. The quality and consistency of your drink will be compromised if you try to use honey in place of honey simple syrup, and nobody wants that shenanigans.
Whether you’re lucky enough to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day cocktail while taking in the view from the beautiful patio at Park Heights or you’re sham-rockin’ it in your own backyard, the Irish Maid is a great way to get your green on – minus the clover-colored beer.
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey, such as Jameson
- 1/4 ounce (1 1/2 teaspoons) elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain Elderflower
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce honey simple syrup; substitute regular simple syrup
- 3 thin slices of cucumber, plus additional slice for garnish
- Fresh mint, for garnish
- Muddle the cucumbers in a cocktail shaker. Add liquids and ice and shake vigorously.
- Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint sprig.
- Dance a jig (optional) and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 5 mins.
- Category: Drinks
- Method: By hand
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Irish Maid, whiskey cocktail, St. Patrick's Day cocktail, St. Paddy's drink recipe