The "Maid" Family

August 22, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

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

Makes: 1


  • 2 ounces spirit of your choice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water by volume)
  • 3 cucumber wheels
  • 4-6 Mint Leaves
In This Recipe


  1. Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass with a large chunk of ice.
  2. Garnish with a cucumber wheel speared with a mint sprig.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

Drew September 20, 2014
Is there any difference between an Old Maid and an Eastside?
Claire A. October 25, 2013
looks fab!
Author Comment
Erik L. August 31, 2013
Katy, Mint in the shaker too, 4-6 leaves
katywhumpus August 30, 2013
Should mint go in the shaker too, or is it just the garnish?