The Maiden’s Prayer is a modern variant on the Lemon Drop cocktail which is a particular favourite here at Geek & Tonic – naturally, this meant we had to give this one a try to see how it measured up against the original. You know, in the name of research and good mixology.
The key difference here is that the vodka in the Lemon Drop has been switched to gin, and the simple syrup is now orange juice. What this results in is a sweet and tangy drink that has the bizarre reminiscence of sherbet. There may be no sparkling ingredients in the recipe but you do find a fizz on your tongue with each sip of the Maiden’s Prayer, and it is far from unpleasant. It keeps the cocktail light so you end up going back for another taste as soon as you’ve finished one, which I think is always the sign of a good drink. That, and having to defend it from interlopers trying to get a sip of your precious cocktail. Hands off I say!
Despite being light there is still a sugary element to the Maiden’s Prayer so I would hesitate before having a second one if only for the sake of my teeth.
Considering the ingredients are common and inexpensive it is remarkable how much variety you can get out of them, and if you’re looking to impress guests with a well balance yet unique taste sensation then I would heartily recommend giving the Maiden’s Prayer a try yourself.
I think it looks a bit sherbet too!
♦ 1 ounce gin
♦ 1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
♦ ½ ounce lemon juice
♦ ½ ounce orange juice
Shake all the ingredients together and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.