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Zen Garden Gimlet

 

zengardengimlet

 

2 ½ oz Oregon Spirit Vodka
¾ oz Simple Syrup
¾ oz Lime Juice
3 Cucumber Slices (1 slice for garnish)
Basil Sprig for Garnish
Bar Spoon of The Bitter Housewife Cardamom Bitters

Begin by dry muddling cucumber slices in the bottom of shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients, then ice and shake well for at least 30 seconds. Double strain (using both hawthorne strainer and super fine strainer) into a chilled martini glass. Now prepare the garnish by lightly spanking basil sprig in your palm. This technique will bring out the wonderful herbaceous aroma without damaging the leaves. Make a small cut representing the radius of the cucumber and place basil sprig through slit in cucumber slice. Finish by garnishing over rim of martini glass.