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This Cucumber & Mint Gin Cocktail Is Perfect for Spring

This Cucumber & Mint Gin Drink Is Perfect for Spring

The Three Green Friends | Sean Hudgins

A couple years ago, as the weather was just begining to warm up, I walked into the Standard East Village for an afternoon tipple. One of the bartenders at the time was the talented Natasha Sofia. She greeted me with a smile and asked what I'd like. "Something refreshing," I responded. "I trust you."

A few minutes later, Natasha presented me with a lovely light green sour-style cocktail, with specks of dark green resting on the surface of the liquid, served up in a coupe glass. It was delightful. When I asked what was in the drink, she reponded nochelantly "mint, cucumber, lime juice - the three best friends."

I spent the summer playing with these ingredients, combining them with different clear spirits until arriving at this drink, a cross between a gin sour and a cucumber margarita that I now refer to as "The Three Green Friends," as something of a nod to Natasha's original description. This drink is light, bright, and refreshing, and most importantly, easy to make.



The Three Green Friends

  • 1.5 Ounces American-Dry Gin, such as Aviation
  • .75 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • .5 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 Mint Springs
  • 2 Cucumber Slices
  • Ice


The Three Green Friends

Muddle one cumcumber slice and 3-4 mint leaves in a shaker tin. Add American-Dry Gin, fresh squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber wheel and mint sprig.