French Maid Cocktail Recipe

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French Maid Cocktail

A delightful spin-off of the popular Kentucky Maid Cocktail, the French Maid Cocktail recipe is the perfect choice on warm summer’s days when nothing will do except a tall, ice-cold cocktail that looks as refreshing as it tastes.  

What is a French Maid Cocktail? Ah, only a prettily herbal, deliciously sweet, subtly spiced drink that is zesty and cool to the core – ideal for poolside parties and lazy afternoons on the veranda under a lazily turning ceiling fan.  

How to make the French Maid Cocktail

This recipe does call for quite a few ingredients, but once you have it all gathered, it’s very quick and simple to assemble. Here you go! 



Muddle the cucumber slowly and gently.


You can sub Velvet Falernum with grenadine or maple syrup.


Fresh lime juice is always a winner!



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

ginger beer
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

lime juice
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

simple syrup 
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

Velvet Falernum 
slices cucumber 
6-8 mint leaves
mint sprig to garnish 



Muddle the cucumber and mint with the simple syrup


Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake vigorously, and strain into your serving glass 


Garnish with a mint sprig through a cucumber wheel 


Velvet Falernum (pronounced fah-LEHR-num) is a spiced syrup that serves as an important ingredient in tiki drinks and all sorts of delightful Caribbean-style cocktails. There are two kinds — an alcoholic version that is basically low-proof rum infused with spices and sugar, and a non-alcoholic kind that is a syrup flavored with almond, citrus, cloves, and other spices.  If you can't find Velvet Falernum, you can substitute grenadine or maple syrup. This will also bring down the alcohol content of the drink somewhat. Tip: Whenever you use a substitute in a drink recipe, start by adding a small amount, and then add a little more until you find the sweet spot that works for your particular palate.  

When it comes to muddling cucumbers to add to French cocktails like the French Maid, the main thing you need to remember is to go gently. The thing that makes this delicate aromatic fruit (yes, it's a fruit - not a vegetable!) such a prized cocktail ingredient is the esters that impart its clean, mild taste. This is what you want to coax out with your gentle muddling, rather than the stringy bits of flesh that will result when you go in with too much gusto.  Here are a few steps that will pave the way for fantastic cucumber muddling when you mix up your French Maid Cocktails:   Choose a floral cucumber variety such as Japanese or Persian cucumbers if you can.   Rinse and dry the cucumbers, and peel the skin gently.   Slice the fruit in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.   Slice the cucumber into ¼ inch slices.   Place the cucumber slices in the shaker along with the mint and simple syrup.   Gently push the muddling spoon into the cucumber slice while rotating your wrist, pressing the cucumber against the side of the shaker as you twist.   Stop once you smell the distinctive cucumber aroma (around 6 or 7 twists should do it).  

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