Eastside

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Cocktail History

The Eastside is a modern cocktail that was created by George Delgado at Libation in New York City, New York but ultimately gained popularity after being added to the menu at Milk & Honey. The recipe is a more complex variation of the Southside that muddles refreshing cucumber into the classic’s template of gin, citrus, mint, and simple syrup.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is a spirit made with juniper berries, botanicals, and alcohol. We used Kaikyō Distillery Hyogo 135 Degree East Dry Gin because it’s made with unique Japanese botanicals. For a mocktail version of this drink, try MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Simple Syrup: This is a sweetener made with white sugar and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s stovetop recipe.

Cucumber Slices: This is a cucumber slice that has been thinly cut into wheel shape.

Mint Leaves: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint leaves.

Mint Sprig: This is an herb. We used Mojito mint.

Bartending Tools

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following bar tools:

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Muddler: This is used to muddle ingredients. We used the HQY Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Cocktail Pick: This is used to hold the garnish. We used one from the Prodyne Stainless Steel Martini Picks Set.

Tasting Notes

The Eastside has strong aromas of mint and cucumber, an initial taste of herbal gin mingled with mint, and finishes with flavors of gin, alkaline cucumber, citrus, and mint.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: To say this drink was a hit would be an understatement; we both enjoyed it just as much as its predecessor. Although originally made with Hendricks in mind, we took it a bit further East by using a Japanese gin for all of the right herbal qualities. Do yourself a favor and whip up an Eastside sometime before summer ends.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“As a big fan of the Southside, this drink’s original inspiration, I was excited to try this version as I think gin and cucumber are a sure match. I wasn’t disappointed: the combination of all of the flavors were incredibly pleasant, with the cucumber adding an even cooler coolness to the already cool mint and accenting the herbal gin with some extra vegetal notes. A definite hit, the Eastside may just replace the Southside on our home cocktail menu.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I went probably a year drinking essentially nothing but Southsides, so since this template is already on my list of favorites, I knew I was likely to love this one too. Boy, was I right! The addition of cucumber adds in another layer of both coolness and complexity that I very much enjoyed. Unfortunately for me, cucumber is one of those foods that causes fairly intense acid reflux though, so I’m not likely to indulge in these very often for that reason alone. Otherwise, I’ve be serving these up often during the spring and summer.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Steve The Bartender’s Cocktail Guide by Steve Roennfeldt.

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Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Lime Juice
 4 Cucumber Slices
 8 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Method
1

Add three cucumbers slices and mint leaves to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and cubed ice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Fine strain into a cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with remaining cucumber slice and mint sprig.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Lime Juice
 4 Cucumber Slices
 8 Mint Leaves
 1 Mint Sprig

Directions

Method
1

Add three cucumbers slices and mint leaves to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently for 5-7 seconds.

3

Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and cubed ice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Fine strain into a cocktail glass.

6

Garnish with remaining cucumber slice and mint sprig.

Eastside

Make It a Mocktail: Use MONDAY Zero Alcohol Gin in place of the gin to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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More Cucumber Cocktails

If you like this cucumber-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Go-To Cocktail Recipe

Go-To: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, elderflower liqueur, ginger beer, mint leaves, cucumber wheels, and a mint sprig

Trellis Gin & Tonic Cocktail Recipe

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Deep Cleanse Cocktail Recipe

Deep Cleanse: A gin cocktail made with aloe vera juice, simple syrup, lime juice, and cucumber slices

Pimm's Cup Cocktail Recipe

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