Maiden’s Prayer – Purity and Refinement

Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

Maiden’s Prayer Cocktail

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The Maiden’s Prayer is a split base cocktail using both gin and light rum. I think a white rum works best here. The rum warms the gin and adds complexity to what would be a simple citrus drink. Another Jazz Age cocktail with roots in the roaring 20s, this drink is a testament to the innovative spirit of the Jazz Age great bars like Harry’s in Paris.

Its cognac based counterpart – the Between the Sheets cocktail also makes a sophisticated split base libation. Both the Maiden’s Prayer and the Between the Sheets are cousins to the more well known Sidecar.

Maiden’s Prayer Recipe

1 ounce gin
1 ounce light rum
1 ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Garnish: orange or lemon twist

In a cocktail shaker combine the gin, rum, Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice.
Shake well.
Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.
Garnish with orange or lemon twist.

Put on some jazz, shake up a Maiden’s Prayer or two and enjoy a terrific, lesser known classic cocktail.

Be sure to try the cognac counterpart Between the Sheets, and the more widely known Sidecar.


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Riedel Veritas Coupe Glasses

These are my favorite coupe glasses. They are a nice size (they easily hold a double recipe of a Maiden’s Prayer). And they look incredibly elegant. Use them for Champagne, or anywhere you would use a martini glass.

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Cocktail Kingdom Essential Cocktail Set

Cocktail Kingdom is well known in the craft cocktail world for high quality tools. This starter set has everything you need to shake or stir drinks: Weighted Boston shaker, mixing glass, Hawthorne strainer, Japanese style jigger, and a bar spoon. Shake up a Maiden’s Prayer with high quality barware today.

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Linen Cocktail Napkins

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Norpro Stainless Steel Citrus Press

For the occasional cocktail I rely on my Norpro juicer. It’s a great heavy duty stainless steel and has lasted me many many years of drink making. It handles oranges, lemons, and limes easily – it’s a bit small for grapefruits. Perfect for the occasional Maiden’s Prayer.

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