La Luna Cocktail

La Luna Cocktail
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La Luna Cocktail

Hendrick's Gin

La Luna Cocktail

Created as a tribute to chef Rick Bayless for Chicago's "A Taste for the Arts" 30th Anniversary Gala, this refreshing cocktail combines Hendrick's gin with a mix of lime and cucumber juices and spicy jalapeño syrup.

Ingredients

For the cucumber juice

  • large English cucumbers

For the jalapeño syrup

  • jalapeños, cored and chopped
  • 2  Cups  raw sugar
  • 2  Cups  hot water

For the La Luna cocktail

  • parts Hendrick's gin
  • part cucumber juice
  • part fresh lime juice
  • part jalapeño syrup
  • Ice
  • parts soda water
  • Salted cucumber spear, for garnish

Directions

For the cucumber juice

Pass whole, unpeeled English cucumbers through a juice extractor. Set aside.

For the jalapeño syrup

Muddle chopped jalapeños into 2 cups of raw sugar until a thick paste has formed. Combine with 2 cups of water in a small pot over medium-low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Reduce until a cup and a half remains. (Feel free to add seeds, to taste, to adjust spiciness.) When done, remove from heat and strain off all the solids and chill.

For the La Luna cocktail

Combine the gin, cucumber juice, lime juice, and jalapeño syrup in a tall glass. Add ice and top with soda water, stir gently to incorporate. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with salted cucumber spear. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
112g
100%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
37g
100%
Carbohydrate, by difference
329g
100%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
28mg
3%
Choline, total
17mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
64g
100%
Folate, total
244µg
61%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
116mg
36%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
11mg
79%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
436mg
62%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
51µg
93%
Sodium, Na
1256mg
84%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
337g
12%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.