Eastside Cocktail Drink

Eastside Cocktail

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Are you looking for a fun twist on a classic? You’ll love this Eastside Cocktail recipe! It’s a tasty drink that is easy to make with fresh ingredients – a cocktail that will improve your mixing skills.

Eastside Cocktail Recipe

This simple Eastside Cocktail recipe will brighten your spring! It's the perfect drink for the season with Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint and cucumber.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

197 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 2 cucumber slices

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your coupe glass.
  • Muddle: In your shaker, muddle 2 cucumber slices.
  • Add Mint: Add 6-8 mint leaves into the shaker
  • Add Ingredients: Pour in ¾ oz simple syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice and shake it well until well combined.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a cucumber wheel or mint sprig if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great substitute that will allow the other flavors to shine through. For a more floral note, try using elderflower liqueur instead.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available. However, I always recommend fresh when possible for the best flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used for a different sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Eastside Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup. You'll also need about 48-64 mint leaves and 16 cucumber slices.
  • Mix: Muddle the cucumber slices in a large pitcher. Clap the mint leaves between your hands and place them into the pitcher. Add the Gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, add ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the Gin with the non-alcoholic substitute and follow the rest of the recipe for a refreshing, non-alcoholic Eastside Cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is not made with sugar processed with bone char or other animal-derived products. Alternatively, use agave nectar as a sweetener, which is naturally vegan.
  • Proceed As Usual: With this adjustment, your Eastside Cocktail will be vegan-friendly. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories
197
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sodium
 
14
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
16
g
18
%
Potassium
 
68
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
37
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Eastside Cocktail Drink

Eastside Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Eastside Cocktail recipe will brighten your spring! It's the perfect drink for the season with Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and fresh mint and cucumber.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 197

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 2 cucumber slices

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Muddler
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Chill your coupe glass.
  • Muddle: In your shaker, muddle 2 cucumber slices.
  • Add Mint: Add 6-8 mint leaves into the shaker
  • Add Ingredients: Pour in ¾ oz simple syrup, 1 oz fresh lime juice, and 2 oz Gin.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice and shake it well until well combined.
  • Strain: Fine strain the mixture into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish: Garnish with a cucumber wheel or mint sprig if desired.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great substitute that will allow the other flavors to shine through. For a more floral note, try using elderflower liqueur instead.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: Bottled lime juice can work in a pinch if fresh limes aren't available. However, I always recommend fresh when possible for the best flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Alternatively, agave nectar or honey can be used for a different sweetness profile.

Making a Pitcher of Eastside Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher serving 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 6 oz of simple syrup. You'll also need about 48-64 mint leaves and 16 cucumber slices.
  • Mix: Muddle the cucumber slices in a large pitcher. Clap the mint leaves between your hands and place them into the pitcher. Add the Gin, lime juice, and simple syrup, add ice cubes and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain the mixture into individual chilled coupe glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; several on the market do an excellent job of mimicking the botanical flavors of Gin.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the Gin with the non-alcoholic substitute and follow the rest of the recipe for a refreshing, non-alcoholic Eastside Cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

  • Simple Syrup: Ensure your syrup is not made with sugar processed with bone char or other animal-derived products. Alternatively, use agave nectar as a sweetener, which is naturally vegan.
  • Proceed As Usual: With this adjustment, your Eastside Cocktail will be vegan-friendly. Enjoy!

What is an Eastside Cocktail?

An Eastside Cocktail is a gin-based cocktail made of fresh lime juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices, and mint leaves. It’s relatively easy to make; however, it requires some preparation time as the cucumber must be muddled and the drink itself needs to be shaken. The Eastside Cocktail is a variant of the Southside Cocktail with an added twist of cucumber for a refreshing taste. This drink stands out due to its unique combination of ingredients that balance sweet and tart flavors while offering a delightful freshness from the cucumber and mint.

A side shot of an Eastside cocktail in a cocktail glass on a wooden tray on a wooden table surrounded bya bowl with limes and a shaker

What is an Eastside Cocktail made of – The ingredients

Get ready to mix an Eastside Cocktail with these ingredients:

  • Gin: The primary spirit provides the cocktail with its robust and aromatic base.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a tart, citrusy flavor that balances out the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail and helps to blend the flavors.
  • Mint Leaves: Infuse the cocktail with a refreshing, herbal note.
  • Cucumber Slices: Enhance the drink’s freshness and add a crisp, clean finish.

Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, mint leaves and cucumber laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Eastside Cocktail?

Follow our simple steps to make your very own Eastside Cocktail:

1
<p>Start by filling up a coupe glass with ice. This will ensure the drink won't warm up too fast once served.</p>

Start by filling up a coupe glass with ice. This will ensure the drink won't warm up too fast once served.

2
<p>Add two slices of cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Cucumber is the special ingredient that will give the drink its crisp edge and will enhance the cocktail’s overall complexity.</p>

Add two slices of cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Cucumber is the special ingredient that will give the drink its crisp edge and will enhance the cocktail’s overall complexity.

3
<p>Muddle the two slices of cucumber. </p>

Muddle the two slices of cucumber.

4
<p>Add the fresh mint leaves to the mix. Mint will infuse the cocktail with a refreshing and cooling flavor.</p>

Add the fresh mint leaves to the mix. Mint will infuse the cocktail with a refreshing and cooling flavor.

5
<p>Add three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. The simple syrup will sweeten the cocktail and help mellow out the lime juice's tartness.</p>

Add three-quarters of an ounce of simple syrup to the shaker. The simple syrup will sweeten the cocktail and help mellow out the lime juice's tartness.

6
<p>Follow this by adding one ounce of fresh lime juice. The lime juice will add a tangy zest to the cocktail, balancing out the strong flavor of the Gin.</p>

Follow this by adding one ounce of fresh lime juice. The lime juice will add a tangy zest to the cocktail, balancing out the strong flavor of the Gin.

7
<p>Next, pour two ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin is the base of the Eastside cocktail and will provide the primary flavor.</p>

Next, pour two ounces of Gin into the shaker. The Gin is the base of the Eastside cocktail and will provide the primary flavor.

8
<p>Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, ice it up.</p>

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, ice it up.

9
<p>Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.</p>

Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and chill the cocktail.

10
<p>After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. This will remove the mint leaves and cucumber slices, leaving you with a smooth and refreshing Eastside cocktail.</p>

After shaking, fine strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass. This will remove the mint leaves and cucumber slices, leaving you with a smooth and refreshing Eastside cocktail.

11
<p>Finally, garnish the cocktail with a cucumber wheel and a sprig of mint. This will make the cocktail look more appealing and add a final touch of flavor.</p>

Finally, garnish the cocktail with a cucumber wheel and a sprig of mint. This will make the cocktail look more appealing and add a final touch of flavor.

History and Origin of the Eastside Cocktail

George Delgado, a bartender at Libation in New York City’s Lower East Side, gets credit for creating the first Eastside. He took a gin-based mojito and added cucumber to give it a unique spin, in fact, its version was served as a long drink and was indeed topped with soda water.

The drink itself became really famous later on, when it was taken to Milk & Honey by Christy Pope and served in the current straight-up version.  This new drink quickly became a hit with customers who loved its fresh taste. Basically, it is a new interpretation of the original gimlet.

The Eastside Cocktail is now a favorite in bars worldwide. It’s crisp and refreshing, perfect for hot summer days or whenever you want something light and tasty.

An Eastside cocktail, shot from above, in a cocktail glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, mint leaves and cucumber

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Eastside cocktail?
An Eastside cocktail typically contains around 200 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is an Eastside cocktail?
The strength of an Eastside cocktail can vary based on the amount of alcohol used. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of about 20%, translating to 40 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in an Eastside cocktail?
The alcohol used is Gin. The gin provides the alcohol content and the botanical flavor of the drink.
In what kind of glass is an Eastside cocktail served?
Traditionally, an Eastside cocktail is served in a chilled coupe glass. This type of glass helps showcase the drink’s aroma and enhances its presentation.
What does an Eastside cocktail taste like?
An Eastside cocktail offers a refreshing blend of flavors. The Gin provides a botanical base, while fresh lime juice adds a tangy citrus note. Mint leaves and cucumber slices contribute a cool, crisp undertone, making this drink refreshing and balanced. The simple syrup gives a slight sweet touch, balancing and mellowing out the other ingredients.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Eastside cocktail?
The typical ratio is 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of fresh lime juice, and 3/4 oz of simple Syrup. Additionally we have 6-8 mint leaves and a couple of muddled cucumber slices.
How is an Eastside cocktail served with ice?
An Eastside cocktail is usually shaken with ice to chill and then strained into a glass without ice, or "up".
Is an Eastside cocktail suitable for all seasons?
Yes, the drink can be enjoyed in any season. Its refreshing taste makes it an excellent choice for summer, while its moderate alcohol content also makes it suitable for cooler weather.

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