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The Irish Maid Cocktail / The recipe and innovation of Jack McGarry

In the world of mixology, where creativity and tradition converge, the Irish Maid Cocktail stands out as a delightful and refreshing libation. This charming cocktail not only captures the essence of Ireland but also reflects the innovation and expertise of renowned bartender Jack McGarry. Join us on a journey through the history and recipe of the Irish Maid Cocktail, a drink that seamlessly blends the rich heritage of Irish whiskey with the inventive touch of one of the industry's greats.

The History:

The Irish Maid Cocktail, though relatively recent, has quickly become a celebrated creation in the cocktail world. It owes its existence to the innovative spirit of Jack McGarry, co-owner of The Dead Rabbit in New York City. McGarry, known for his expertise in mixology, crafted this cocktail as a modern and refreshing take on the classic Irish whiskey libation.

Emerging in the early 2000s during the cocktail renaissance, the Irish Maid Cocktail is a testament to the endless possibilities that arise when traditional ingredients meet creative minds. It reflects the enduring appeal of Irish whiskey and the transformative power of a skilled bartender's touch.

The Recipe:

To create the Irish Maid Cocktail at home, channeling Jack McGarry's inventive spirit, you'll need a handful of carefully chosen ingredients that complement each other perfectly. Here's a simple yet captivating recipe:


  • 2 oz Irish whiskey

  • 3/4 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

  • 3/4 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup

  • 4-5 slices of cucumber

  • Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)


  1. In a shaker, muddle the cucumber slices to release their refreshing flavor.

  2. Add the Irish whiskey, St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker.

  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake the ingredients vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.

  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled rocks glass filled with ice.

  5. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint, allowing its aromatic notes to enhance the overall experience.

  6. Optionally, add a cucumber wheel or additional slices for an extra visual touch.

As you savor the Irish Maid Cocktail, you're not just tasting a drink; you're experiencing the innovation of Jack McGarry and his modern twist on Irish tradition. This cocktail encapsulates the spirit of the cocktail renaissance and pays homage to the timeless allure of Irish whiskey. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the history, and raise your glass to the Irish Maid – a cocktail that effortlessly combines the past and the present in every sip.


Watch me make it here.

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