A refreshing, delicious, and easy to make drink, the Maiden's Prayer cocktail is the perfect beverage for a pick-me-up. It is said that this fantastic drink was prepared for the first time in order to perk up the spirits of a young woman, left sitting at a bar after her boyfriend had walked out of her life.
However, you do not need to be in such low spirits in order to make or enjoy the Maiden’s Prayer cocktail. A drink that can suit pretty much every occasion around the year, this cocktail takes 2-5 minutes to prepare, and is made of gin, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lemon juice and freshly squeezed orange juice. If you wish, you can also replace the lemon juice with lime juice – however, just make sure you serve the drink in a chilled cocktail glass for maximum impact.
Preparation Time: 2 to 5 minutes
Serving Size: Serves 1 person
Utensils: Cocktail shaker, cocktail glass
- 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- Cracked Ice
- Orange wedge for garnishing
Before you begin preparing the drink, place a cocktail glass in the refrigerator, until it is thoroughly chilled. This should take roughly 5 minutes (depending on the temperature to which your refrigerator is set). You can also put it in the freezer, but make sure you keep a close eye on it – you don’t want your cocktail glass to crack and shatter.
While the glass is chilling away, take a cocktail shaker and fill it with cracked ice about a quarter of the way up. Then, proceed to pour 1 1/2 ounces of London dry gin, 1/2 an ounce of Cointreau, 1/2 an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/2 an ounce of freshly squeezed orange juice into the cocktail shaker.
Screw on the lid of the cocktail shaker (make sure you secure it properly), hold it firmly with both hands, and shake it vigorously for few seconds, until all the ingredients are completely mixed. Once this is done, you can use a metal strainer to strain the drink into your chilled cocktail glass (so none of the cracked ice makes it into the drink). Garnish with a fresh orange wedge, and serve.