This relatively new cocktail family was codified by NYC bartender Sam Ross and is essentially your choice of spirit with lime, mint, and cucumber shaken and strained into a rocks glass full of ice. Variations include the Kentucky Maid (bourbon), the Polish Maid (vodka), the Mexican Maid (tequila) and the Old Maid (gin). —Erik Lombardo
spirit of your choice
simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water by volume)
In This Recipe
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass with a large chunk of ice.
Garnish with a cucumber wheel speared with a mint sprig.