Old Maid Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:~18%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Old Maid is a refreshing cocktail that has its roots in the classic Southside. It's a favorite among those who appreciate a good gin-based drink with a herbal twist. The addition of cucumber and mint gives it a fresh, garden-like quality that's perfect for a hot summer day or a relaxing evening.

  • Origins: While the exact origins are unclear, it's believed to have evolved from the prohibition era.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular among gin enthusiasts and those who prefer lighter, less sweet cocktails.
  • Occasions: Ideal for garden parties and sophisticated social gatherings.

How Old Maid Tastes?

The Old Maid offers a harmonious blend of botanical gin flavors with the crispness of fresh cucumber and the subtle sweetness of mint. It's a bright, zesty cocktail with a delicate balance between sweet and sour, and a clean finish that leaves you refreshed.

Interesting facts about Old Maid

  • Versatility: The Old Maid can be easily customized with different gins to suit your taste.
  • Garnish Importance: The cucumber garnish adds not only to the aesthetics but also infuses additional flavor.
  • Mint Handling: Muddling the mint gently is crucial to avoid bitterness and to release the right amount of essential oils.


  • Dry gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lime juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Cucumber slices: 3
  • Mint leaves: 6

A few good options for Old Maid are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Dry Gin

Dry gin is the backbone of this cocktail, providing a sharp, botanical base that marries well with the fresh mint and crisp cucumber. 2 oz is the Goldilocks amount - not too strong, not too weak, just right to let all the flavors speak. Skipping gin would be like going to a party without music! For an alternative, try a light vodka for a more neutral base, changing the cocktail into more of a refreshing garden-party tipple.

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Lime Juice

1 oz of lime juice gives the Old Maid its zesty kick, balancing the sweetness of the syrup and the botanicals of the gin. Too little, and the drink loses its punch; too much, and it'll squinch your face more than a sour lemon. No lime, no crime, but also, no sublime sippage. A lemon juice substitute would swing the drink towards a more nuanced tartness, slightly adjusting the cocktail's pep.

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Simple Syrup

At 0.75 oz, the simple syrup softens the lime's acidity and brings harmony to the gin's botanicals. It's the sweet smile in the symphony of flavors—an angelic choir in the background, not a solo performer. Forget it, and the drink might be too sharp, but drown it, and you’ll be sipping syrupy sadness. Agave nectar could replace it for a more earthy sweetness, though it'll make the drink slightly heavier.

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Cucumber Slices

3 slices of cucumber are the spa-day in your glass, giving a mellow coolness and a touch of elegance. Less and you might miss the memo, more and you're floating in cucumber water. No cucumber turns the Old Maid into just an old drink, lacking personality. Zucchini ribbons can be your understudy here, providing a similar texture but an earthier taste, which could intrigue the adventurous palate.

Emma Rose

Mint Leaves

6 mint leaves bring a lively, aromatic breeze to the party, making the drink downright refreshing. Skimp on the mint, and the drink becomes a wallflower—barely noticed. Go overboard, and it's a minty slap in the taste buds. Without mint, you'll lose the cool factor—literally and figuratively. Basil could step in as a substitute, giving the cocktail an Italian twist, a bit more pepper in its step.

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Recipe. How to make Old Maid Drink

  1. Place 3 slices of cucumber and 6 mint leaves into a shaker.
  2. Muddle them gently to release the flavors.
  3. Add 2 oz of dry gin, 1 oz of lime juice, and 0.75 oz of simple syrup.
  4. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  5. Strain into a chilled glass.
  6. Garnish with a cucumber slice or a mint sprig.

Pro Tips

  • Ice: Use large ice cubes in the shaker to reduce dilution.
  • Muddling: Muddle the mint and cucumber with a gentle touch to avoid bitterness.
  • Chill: Chill the glass beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Sushi: The refreshing cucumber and mint notes complement the delicate flavors of raw fish.
  • Charcuterie: The acidity from the lime juice cuts through rich, fatty meats.
  • Salads: Especially those with a citrus dressing, pairing with the brightness of the Old Maid.
  • Grilled Seafood: The herbal elements of the cocktail go well with the smokiness of grilled dishes.
  • Goat Cheese: The tanginess of goat cheese is a match for the crisp gin and tart lime.

Drink Pairings

  • Champagne: A bubbly glass before the Old Maid can cleanse the palate.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: As a non-alcoholic option, the coffee's bitterness could set the stage for the cocktail's fresh flavors.

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What you could change in Old Maid

  • Gin: You can substitute dry gin with a cucumber-infused gin for an extra cucumber kick.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup can be used as a natural alternative to simple syrup.
  • Mint: Basil can replace mint for a different herbal note.

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And of course - twists🍹

Elderflower Old Maid

  • Substitute simple syrup with elderflower liqueur.
  • Elderflower brings a floral, slightly sweet depth alternative to the fresh zest of the original. This twist creates a more European-flavored cocktail, maybe something you'd sip in a sunny Provence garden.

Spicy Old Maid

  • Add a few slices of jalapeño to the muddling process.
  • The heat from the jalapeño slices adds a spicy kick that contrasts delightfully with the cool cucumber and mint. It's the spicy cousin that brings excitement to the family reunion.

Tropical Old Maid

  • Use a coconut water-infused simple syrup instead.
  • The coconut addition evokes images of sandy beaches and sunsets by the sea, giving a tropical twist that invites you to relax and imagine palm trees swaying.

In case you forgot basics how to make Old Maid

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Old Maid

Can I make the Old Maid cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or tonic water. Adjust the other ingredients as needed to taste.

What type of glass is best for serving an Old Maid?

An Old Maid is typically served in a chilled coupe or rocks glass.

How can I ensure my mint leaves don't turn bitter when muddled?

Use a gentle touch when muddling mint. Press the leaves against the side of the shaker just enough to release their oils without tearing them.

Is there a special occasion where the Old Maid cocktail is traditionally served?

While the Old Maid can be enjoyed at any time, it's particularly fitting for spring and summer garden parties due to its fresh and botanical flavors.

Which type of gin works best with an Old Maid?

A classic dry gin with prominent botanical notes works best to complement the fresh cucumber and mint flavors in an Old Maid.

Are there any other garnishes I can use for the Old Maid cocktail?

Beyond cucumber and mint, you could also garnish with a lime wheel or a sprig of fresh herbs such as basil for a different aromatic experience.

Can the Old Maid be turned into a pitcher cocktail for parties?

Absolutely, simply multiply the recipe by the number of servings you need and muddle the mint and cucumber directly in the pitcher before adding the remaining ingredients and serving over ice.

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