The Flying Cucumber

Dunno how summer’s treating you where you are. Here in BKLN NYC, the weather’s been unpredictable all summer. Be that as it may, here’s a great drink for your Labor Day weekend.

I’m calling this the Flying Cucumber because of its obvious origins in the Aviation. The Martin Miller’s is good for this because it has definite cuke notes, but Hendrick’s would probably work well, too. Here’s a piccy of it; the recipe’s after the jump.

The Flying Cucumber

photograph by Jennifer Hess

Flying Cucumber

Technique: Muddle two cucumber slices in a mixing glass, and then add:

  • 2 oz. Martin Miller’s gin
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz. St.-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Shake over ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber slices or strips of peel.


And now, the fun begins

Got me some Lucid, I wancha to know

photo by Jennifer Hess

Do you know how many absinthe cocktails are in the Savoy Cocktail Book? According to the Real Absinthe blog, there are 104. One hundred and four recipes that geeks like me couldn’t easily mix in this country, thanks to the cost and difficulty of acquiring absinthe from overseas.

Now that Lucid is available domestically, those sad days have ended. Hm, 104. If I mixed up one absinthe cocktail a week, I’d have blog fodder for the next two years. I can’t guarantee that I’ll mix them that frequently, but I am damn well going to try all 104 of those drinks, as long as legal absinthe and my liver hold out.

And, no, that’s not a first-edition Savoy; it’s the facsimile release.

Blogroll overhaul

Look right and scroll down just a bit. Finally managed to update my blogroll.

Don’t feel bad if you weren’t on there. My wife, a.k.a. Mrs. Bitters, a.k.a. Jennifer Hess, started her site Last Night’s Dinner, back in February, and I only just now added her.

Sigh. Blogrolls are just too damn easy to neglect.

I can’t guarantee I’ve added everyone who has linked out to me, and I do want to reciprocate links, so please either comment here or drop me an email.

Bear with me…

I’m working with Darcy O’Neil to test a new ad system, so things are going to shift around a just bit here.

I’m also considering going with Feedburner or adopting some sort of WordPress plugin to better manage my RSS feed. I want to drive eyes to the blog to read the full content, but at the same time, I want my snippets long enough to give readers a feel for what I’m writing about. A snippet that truncates after 25 words or so isn’t helpful.

For now, I’m using the More feature,

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Just a quick note about this: since many of you met LeNell Smothers at Tales of the Cocktail this year, I wanted to put it out there that she’s lost the lease for her store in Brooklyn and is looking for a new storefront. She has to vacate by next summer. It might seem that 10-12 months is a long time, but when you have to find and possibly renovate a new location, that’s a crunch.

The Times has the full story. I meant to link out to this earlier, but the week got away from me.

She runs one of the best liquor stores in the whole damn country, and she’s a great person to boot, so keep her in your thoughts.