Maiden’s Prayer Cocktail

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The Maiden’s Prayer cocktail is crafted from the timeless trio of gin, Cointreau, and citrusy notes of orange and lemon juice.

To embark on the journey of the Maiden’s Prayer Cocktail, one must delve into the rich history within the pages of Harry Craddock’s 1930 masterpiece, “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. This influential compendium served as the birthplace for numerous iconic cocktails, such as the Corpse Reviver No. 1, the Hanky Panky cocktail, and much more.

At the heart of the Maiden’s Prayer lies a simple yet sophisticated recipe, meticulously crafted to achieve a perfect balance of flavors. The key components include gin, a spirit renowned for its versatility and botanical complexity, Cointreau, an orange-flavored liqueur that adds a touch of sweetness, and a vibrant duo of citrus juices – orange and lemon. This quartet of ingredients, when combined in precise proportions, creates a fresh and zesty cocktail.

Gin, the backbone of the Maiden’s Prayer, brings depth and character to the cocktail. Its botanical medley, often featuring juniper, coriander, and citrus peels, intertwines seamlessly with the other components, elevating the overall drinking experience. Cointreau, with its orange essence, not only imparts a subtle sweetness but also contributes a layer of complexity, enhancing the cocktail’s taste.

The citrusy tandem of orange and lemon juices introduces a refreshing brightness to the Maiden’s Prayer, balancing the spirituous elements and providing a zesty twist. The orange juice adds a natural sweetness, while the lemon juice injects a lively acidity, creating a dynamic interplay of flavors.

Maiden’s Prayer Cocktail Recipe

  1. 45 ml gin

  2. 22.5 ml Cointreau

  3. 15 ml orange juice

  4. 15 ml lemon juice

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: orange slice

maiden's prayer cocktail recipe

How to Make a Maiden’s Prayer Cocktail

  1. Add the gin, Cointreau, orange juice, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a coupe or martini glass.

  4. Garnish with an orange slice.