This is my new favorite cocktail: Common 414’s Cuke of York.
The flavors – gin, lime juice and cucumber – are so refreshing in the summer heat.
In fact, I love this cocktail so much that I packed the ingredients and a cocktail shaker to enjoy them at last weekend’s Kirby Derby in Raleigh. We were lucky enough to enjoy a cocktail or two before the rain ushered us home before the derby races really started.
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Common 414’s Cuke of York
From Zack Medford, owner of Common 414, a cocktail bar in downtown Raleigh.
1 1/2 ounces gin, such as Hendrick’s
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
5 cucumber slices, divided
2 sugar cubes
Rosemary sprig, for optional garnish
Combine gin, lime juice, 4 cucumber slices, sugar cubes and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice. (To make crushed ice, use a mallet to smash ice cubes between two kitchen towels.)
Strain cocktail into rocks glass with crushed ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with remaining cucumber slice and rosemary spring.
Yield: 1 serving.