Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Gift Shop (Death & Co. Recipe)


Cucumber seems to be a common ingredient in summer drinks at Death & Co. And that makes a lot of sense. Cucumber has a way of brightening and lending body to juicy drinks that may otherwise require more sweetener and fall flat or heavy on the palate. 

What surprises me is cucumber used in a Cardamaro and Tiki-style cocktail with Angostura bitters and light rum. Needless to say that all of this is possible due to the exacting proportions of the recipe. Death & Co.'s recommendation with all muddling is also helpful. Never overmuddle; you can easily bruise the ingredients and cause them to go bitter or jammy in the mouth. I've learned so much from their cocktail book--I bet I've covered half of the cocktails in the book at this point. 

  • 3 cucumber wheels
  • 2 oz. white rum (Mt. Defiance used)
  • 1/2 oz. Cardamaro
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 3 cucumber wheels garnish
Muddle 3 cucumber wheels in the shaker tin before adding the remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and double strain into an Old Fashioned glass with a large-format ice cube. Fan the cucumber slices as garnishes.

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