Beat the Heat with the Cocktail Equivalent of a Slip N’ Slide
Pix and Story: Anastacia Uriegas
Summer is in full effect, this means Instagram feeds are inundated with images of impossibly cool girls on doughnut-shaped pool floats and perfectly-manicured hands holding ice cream cones in front of millennial pink-painted walls. However, for certain parts of the country, the reality is that Summer just plain sucks -- poker-hot steering wheels, swampy skinny jeans (eww), and mosquitos. Now imagine a heavenly choir of angels singing as you’re presented with a glass, dewy with ice-cold condensation, containing a drink which tastes of mint, cucumber, lime, aloe vera, and booze. (Hey, this isn’t Parents.com.)
The Eastside cocktail--a play on the gin-based, minty Southside--is made with Chareau Aloe Liqueur, a one-of-a-kind spirit which combines the vegetal flavor of aloe vera with the complementary flavors of cucumber, lemon, melon, and spearmint. First, you’ll make your cucumber garnish using either a sharp knife and steady hand or a mandolin slicer, slice into vertical ribbons and wrap inside your glass (the cucumber's high moisture content will help it stick to the glass). Fill your glass with ice and set aside. In your shaker, combine gin, we used St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin, with the Chareau Aloe Liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and a few mint leaves--you won’t need much as Chareau is slightly minty. Fill the shaker with ice, give it a good 20-second shake and strain into your prepped glass.
Voila! Enjoy the world’s most refreshing cocktail, made even more effective if sipped while sitting in an inflatable baby pool being filled by a watering hose, because we all know that adults + a Slip N’ Slide = injuries.
1 1/2 Ounces Gin
1 Ounce Chareau Aloe Liqueur
3/4 Ounce Fresh Lime Juice
3/4 Ounce Simple Syrup
4-5 Fresh Mint Leaves
Garnish: Cucumber Ribbon
Cucumber for Garnish (Use a Mandolin Slicer for thin ribbons)
Rocks Glass, Mason Jar, or Stemless Wine Glass
1. Slice a thin cucumber ribbon and wrap inside of glass.
2. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
4. Strain into glass over ice.