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Common 414’s Cuke of York

Common 414's Cuke of York from Zack Medford, co-owner of Common 414 bar, as well as Paddy O'Beers and Coglin's in downtown Raleigh.
Common 414's Cuke of York from Zack Medford, co-owner of Common 414 bar, as well as Paddy O'Beers and Coglin's in downtown Raleigh. jleonard@newsobserver.com

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.

We are highlighting cocktail recipes from Triangle bars and restaurants all month on our curated recipe site: nando.com/therecipe.

Andrea Weigl

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

Crushed ice

Club soda

Rosemary sprig, for optional garnish

Combine gin, lime juice, 4 cucumber slices, sugar cubes and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.

Shake vigorously.

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.

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