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Absinthe Cucumber Cooler

September 26, 2017

Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)The Absinthe Cucumber Cooler is an easily quaffable drink, even for those who often shy away from absinthe. It’s vibrant, green, herbal, salty finished with a hint of pepper that ties it all together. The Absinthe Cucumber Cooler is a take on my favorite cocktail at a beloved spot in San Francisco, Absinthe. From the name you can tell they are probably serve french inspired food and probably have a shit tone of absinthe…and you would be right! My favorite drink on their menu is called, called The Green Beast.

Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)They carry many varieties of absinthe. Although it had long history and that is absolutely delicious, absinthe gets a bad reputation. Despite what people think, it has no hallucinogenic properties so you want be partying with the green fairy when you imbibe your herbal spirit. Absinthe is a strong spirit though, ranging from 45-74% (yes a whopping 74%!), so you may see double after a few cocktails featuring it! Absinthe gets it characteristic flavor from green anise with a supporting cast of sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. The Green Beast sounds intimidating, but it is smooth with no bite! Absinthe, lime juice, and cucumber. I recently found some lemon cucumbers at SHED in Healdsburg and new I had to use them for a cocktail. Lemon cucumber is round, light green/yellow and flower shaped when sliced. It has a Β regular cucumbers. It is perfect crisp and more mild then regular cucumbers. They grow really well in cooler climates like near the cost of Northern California. It’s the perfect for a variation on The GB. I added in gin, some salt and a pinch of pepper to create this herbal and bright drink.

Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler--Absinthe Cucumber Cooler--absinthe cucumber cooler (1 of 2).jpgAbsinthe Cucumber Cooler

Glass: fluted or regular highball

  • 1 1/2 oz Absinthe, I used St. George Spirits Absinthe Vert
  • 3/4 oz gin, I used Sipsmith London Dry
  • 6 slices lemon cucumber or regular cucumber, muddled
  • 1 oz soda water
  • 1/2 fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • pinch salt
  • pinch fresh grated black peppercorn
  • garnish: lemon cucumber or regular cucumber

Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)Absinthe Cucumber Cooler | Recipe on Craft & Cocktails (craftandcocktails.co)DirectionsAdd liquids to a shaker. Add cucumber and muddle. Shake with ice. Double strain into a fluted glass with ice. Top with soda water. Stir. Garnish with cucumber slices. Crack fresh pepper on top.

 

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