#HappyHour: A Refreshing Weekend Cocktail

It’s like a breath mint that also gets you buzzed.

Cheers! We’ve all made it through another week. Regardless of what you accomplished or not this week, it’s the weekend, which means you can reward yourself with a cocktail or two. Rather than bellying up to the bar and sticking with your old school beverage of choice, try something new.

It’s not quite cold enough to start ordering certain cocktails, and it’s not quite hot enough to keep drinking others, so what to do? We suggest the East Side, a classic gin based cocktail that’s going to leave your thirst quenched and your stress diminished. It’s made with mint and cucumber, so you won’t need to worry about any nasty IPA breath if you’re on a date. Also, it’s strong enough that you don’t need to feel like it’s too girly or not worth your money. We suggest ordering it on the rocks, but if you’re confident enough to drink it up, then more power to you. If you like pulp, ask the bartender to dirty dump the ingredients into the glass…we’ll explain that more later.

This cocktail is best as a pre-meal drink, unless you’re eating lamb or something that pairs well with mint. Otherwise, get one as a palate cleanser and then switch to red wine or something with your meal.

What you’ll need:

2 oz Hendricks Gin

1 oz St Germain

.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1-2 Cucumber slices

1 Sprig of Mint Leaves

Combine the mint and cucumber in a cocktail shaker and muddle them well until the cucumber is no longer a solid piece. Add the gin, St. Germain, and lime juice with some ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. If you opt for the dirty dump, don’t worry about using a strainer, but if you prefer it a bit cleaner, strain into an old fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slice and a couple of mint leaves.


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