Courtesy Brad Goocher, Le Farfalle, Charleston, South Carolina
Sure, you could make this drink with store-bought lemonade, but fresh lemon juice adds acidity, flavor and citrusy aroma, so it wouldn’t be quite the same. In true Southern style, Brad Goocher suggests making this drink in a Mason jar, which seals for shaking and can double as a cocktail glass. But if a gleaming silver cocktail shaker and classic rocks glass is more your style, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.
- 3 slices cucumber, plus 1 slice for garnish
- 5 or 6 mint leaves, plus 1 leaf for garnish
- 1½ ounces lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
In a cocktail shaker or sealable container, use a muddler or spoon to press the mint and cucumbers. Add remaining ingredients (except garnish), 1 ounce of water and ice. Shake well, and strain into a rocks glass, over fresh ice. To garnish, pierce a cucumber slice with the stem of a mint sprig and place atop the drink.
Add 1½ ounces vodka or Bourbon.