Hey, hey – it’s five o’clock somewhere in the world, which means it’s cocktail time! And today I am taking a twist on the cucumber and mint gin cocktail called the Old Maid and adding some floral notes to make a gorgeous Rosy Old Maid!
And taking that as our cue, how about we kill this beast of a myth of the Old Maid?
Bachelor has the connotation of someone being footloose and fancy free, a playboy, a man about town. Old Maid and it’s sister word, spinster have no such positive associations. Take for instance, this discussion I had with my beloved mother some time before I met the fussiest eater in the world. I had to pick her up from some function – church group, art group, book club, some place where I knew not one of her cronies. And this happened:
“So when you get there, come in and you meet everyone. But don’t worry; I’ve told them you’re not a lesbian.”
“Ooooooookayyyyyyyyyy……eeeeeerrrrrmmmmmm…..I guess I’m not a lot of things….any particular reason you chose to share that one?”
“Well. You’re thirty years old and not married. I thought they would think there was something wrong with you”.
“Well, they probably still think that. But now they know I’m not getting any girl action as well as any boy action….you actually made it worse”
“So what should I tell them?”
“Either that I have a genetically inherited obnoxious personality disorder or to mind their own business”.
So, the Rosy Old Maid is pretty as a picture, sexy, sassy, sweet to look at but also with a powerful kick! This Old Maid is bold and confident This is a drink that knows it’s worth and is comfortable with its place in the world. And that’s the image we want to take with us when we talk about Old Maids in future.
I used Hendricks in this because it totally matched the rose and cucumber flavours in the cocktail. If not using Hendricks, I would suggest using an extra drop of rosewater.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 oz. gin
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 3 cucumber wheels (cut 1/4-inch thick)
- 6-7 mint leaves
- 2-3 drops rosewater
- splash of Grenadine
- Sprig of mint and slice of cucumber to garnish
- Combine all ingredients (except garnish) into a shaker with ice.
- Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
Have a great week!