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Cucumber Margarita

CucumberMargarita

My lovely wife found this refreshing cocktail I know not where. She was looking for drinks that had her favorite gin in them, Hendricks. But we were having Mexican food. This was a wonderful compromise. I used our favorite blanco tequila, Herradura Silver. This is definitely a refreshing drink to have with spicy food.

Cucumber Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz Hendricks gin
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz domaine de canton ginger liqueur
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 3 cucumber slices

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients except one cucumber slice into a shaker.
  2. Add medium sized ice cubes.
  3. Shake it like you mean it for a full minute.
  4. Strain into your favorite margarita glass.
  5. Garnish with the remaining cucumber slice.

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The Pegu Club Cocktail

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The Pegu Club was a Victorian style Gentlemen’s club in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar). It was built in the 1880s to serve the British army officers and civilian administrators after the annexation of Upper Burma in 1885. It is located on Pyay Road opposite the Russian embassy. The Pegu is a Burmese river. The Pegu Club Cocktail, or the Pegu, is a gin based cocktail that was the signature drink of that gentleman’s club in Burma. The recipe famously appeared in the “Savoy Cocktail Book” of 1930 by Harry Craddock. However it appears to be first listed in “Barflies and Cocktails” by Harry McElhone of the famous Harry’s New York Bar in Paris.

This is a very refreshing drink. The temptation is to drink them too fast, especially if you are hot. But slow down and sip these slowly as you watch the sun set. Let the last rays of the sum wash over you as the coolness of this drinks spreads through your body as the cool night spreads across the sky. Relax.

The Pegu Club Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Orange Curaçao
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • dash Angostura Bitters
  • dash Regan’s Orange Bitters

Instructions:

  1. Build in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  4. Garnish with lime twist.

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Ginger Smash, Fall Season

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This is another cocktail from the wonderful book Speakeasy. This book is from the owners of the Employees Only bar in New York City. It is filled with re-imagined cocktails from the Prohibition Era. It is a great addition to your bar library. This particular cocktail is a seasonal take on a gin smash. I used Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin in this gin smash as its mellower taste played better with the pear. I did not have the St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram or Pimento Liqueur that the book called for as it is not in my bar inventory. I think it would add another dimension to this drink and make it go even better with the season. I will have to find it and try this drink again.

Ginger Smash, Winter Season

Ingredients:

  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
  • 5 thin slices Bartlet Pear
  • 1 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Leoplod Brothers Small Batch Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Apfelkorn liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. In a Boston shaker glass, muddle the pear, ginger, and sugar.
  2. Pour in the gin, apple liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Add enough ice cubes to fill a rocks glass.
  4. Cover and shake hard to thoroughly mix ingredients.
  5. Pour unstrained into the rocks glass.
  6. Take a lemon peel and rub around the rim of the glass.
  7. Twist and top as a garnish.
  8. Also slide a thin pear slice on the rim of the glass.

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Ginger Smash, Winter Season

GingerSmashWinterThis cocktail is from the wonderful book Speakeasy. This book is from the owners of the Employees Only bar in New York City. It is filled with re-imagined cocktails from the Prohibition Era. It is a great addition to your bar library. This particular cocktail is a seasonal take on a gin smash. The flavors of the ginger and cranberry play wonderfully with the gin. The taste reminds you that Thanksgiving is on its way. This drink can be tart from the cranberries, so you can always add some extra sugar. Also, if it is too strong, just top with club soda.

Ginger Smash, Winter Season

Ingredients:

  • 2 thin slices fresh ginger root
  • 10 fresh whole cranberries
  • 1 1/2 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Plymouth Gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces Apfelkorn liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. In a Boston shaker glass, muddle the cranberries, ginger, and sugar.
  2. Pour in the gin, apple liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Add enough ice cubes to fill a rocks glass.
  4. Cover and shake hard to thoroughly mix ingredients.
  5. Pour unstrained into the rocks glass.
  6. Take a lemon peel and rub around the rim of the glass.
  7. Twist and top as a garnish.

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Cucumber Cooler and Collins

Last week, we had dinner at the Bonefish Grill. One of their cocktails listed on their menu was a Fresh Cucumber Collins. We fell in love with its light fresh taste. The gin was listed as Hendrick’s Small Batch Gin. After having a very successful run with a bottle of Leopold Brothers Small Batch Gin and loving this refreshing Cucumber Collins, we decided to buy a bottle. After exploring Hendrick’s unusual and Monty Pythonesqe website, I found this cocktail recipe for the Cucumber Cooler. From the Cucumber Collins menu description, it looks like a very similar cocktail.  I would say they replaced the lemon juice for lime juice, and the mint leaves for basil leaves. Make both and see which you like best. Definitely pay the Hendrick’s Gin website a visit, it is highly entertaining.

Cucumber Cooler

  • 1½ ounce Hendrick’s Gin
  • ¾ ounce St. Germain
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • soda water
  • 5 mint leaves
  1. Place all ingredients but soda water in a tall collins glass.
  2. Muddle gently.
  3. Add ice and top with soda water.
  4. Add a cucumber garnish.

Cucumber Collins

  • 1½ ounce Hendrick’s Gin
  • ¾ ounce St. Germain
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • soda water
  • 5 basil leaves
  1. Place all ingredients but soda water in a tall collins glass.
  2. Muddle gently.
  3. Add ice and top with soda water.
  4. Add a cucumber garnish.

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Gin and Ginger

I am not a big fan of gin. However, on the advice of the folks over at the 12 Bottle Bar, I bought some Leopold’s Gin. Being from Colorado, it seemed the right choice. I first used it in a Singapore sling and then in a Saturn. I was led to both of these cocktails by Beachbum Berry. They are marvelously complex and quite delicious. However, I have been looking for something a little more simple, but not a martini. My daughter is home from college this week for Thanksgiving. She told me about a cocktail she called Gin and Ginger so we made it to go with our Subway sandwiches for dinner. It is fantastic! The lemon juice does wonders for the sweetness of the Barritt’s Ginger Beer, and the Leopold’s Gin gives it all a nice depth of flavor. I highly recommend this cocktail, it is fabulously refreshing!

Build this drink in a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Add these components and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.
1.5 ounce Leopold’s Gin
1.0 ounce fresh lemon juice
4.5 ounce Barritt’s Ginger Beer

Enjoy!

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