Saturday, June 23, 2012

Eastside Cocktail

The Eastside Cocktail is a souped-up gimlet with the addition of cucumber and mint.  It's delicious and refreshing - perfect for summertime!  And if you ask me, it's an excellent gateway cocktail to wean vodka drinkers away from their neutral spirit - or to get them to appreciate something different anyway.  

This is what all of those "spa-tini's" wish they tasted like.  Cheers!          

An "aerial" view of the Eastside Cocktail.

The Players:
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3/4 ounces simple syrup
3-5 cucumber slices
3-5 mint leaves
thin cucumber slice (garnish)

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber til it releases some of it's moisture.  Add the mint and muddle a few seconds longer - just long enough to extract the essential oils.
Add gin, juice, syrup and plentiful ice to the tin and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.   

Strain or double strain into a chilled coupe. 

Garnish with a thin cucumber slice.

The Result - The Eastside Cocktail.


  1. Hey, this is just great. I have been hosting a series called Food on Friday which features a different food or ingredient each time. This week, for fun, we are doing cocktails and mocktails. If you would like to link this in – this is the link Food on Friday

  2. Hi Carole! Sounds fun. I'll submit something first thing in the morning. Thanks! Til then... ;)

  3. Great that you linked in, thanks.