Eastern Standard
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Eastern Standard
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.5 / 5
The Eastern Standard is a refreshing cocktail that expertly combines the crispness of fresh cucumber slices, the zesty tang of lime juice, and the coolness of mint leaves with the ... more The Eastern Standard is a refreshing cocktail that expertly combines the crispness of fresh cucumber slices, the zesty tang of lime juice, and the coolness of mint leaves with the smooth strength of dry gin. Sweetened just so with sugar syrup, this concoction is served in a classic cocktail glass, making it an exquisite choice for those who appreciate a drink that's as visually appealing as it is delicious. Ideal for warm weather occasions or as a sophisticated sipper at any cocktail party, the Eastern Standard is a testament to the art of cocktail crafting, offering a flavor profile that balances herbal freshness with a subtle sweetness. This cocktail is a favorite among gin enthusiasts and those looking for a drink that embodies the essence of garden-fresh ingredients.
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Dry gin
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22.64% | 1.2 units *
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Classic
Shaken

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Eastern Standard shines as a testament to garden freshness meeting cocktail elegance, melding the crispness of cucumber with the aromatic zing of mint and lime to create a delightfully refreshing sip. The inclusion of dry gin provides a robust backbone, offering a smooth juxtaposition to the drink's otherwise breezy flavor profile, making it an excellent choice for those appreciating a cocktail that marries complexity with freshness.

Method
How to make a Eastern Standard

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Start by gently mashing the cucumber at the bottom of your cocktail shaker to release its flavor
Next, pour the remaining ingredients into the shaker on top of the cucumber
Add ice to the mix and give it a vigorous shake for about 10-15 seconds, or until you notice the shaker's surface has frosted over
Finish by straining the mixture into a chilled glass to ensure a smooth drink without any ice chips or cucumber bits

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FAQ's

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What is the ideal occasion to serve the Eastern Standard cocktail?

The Eastern Standard, with its refreshing blend of cucumber, mint, and lime, is ideally suited for spring and summer gatherings. Its light, cooling effects make it perfect for brunches, garden parties, or as a sophisticated option at a cocktail hour.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can the Eastern Standard be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Absolutely! To make a non-alcoholic version of the Eastern Standard, simply replace the dry gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or more of the other ingredients like cucumber water or more lime juice to retain the flavor profile without the alcohol. Adjust the sweetness with the sugar syrup to taste.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What are some food pairings that go well with the Eastern Standard?

The Eastern Standard pairs excellently with light appetizers and seafood dishes. Think cucumber sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, or sushi. The cocktail's refreshing qualities also complement spicier foods by providing a cool contrast.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Eastern Standard cocktail?

The sweetness of the Eastern Standard can be adjusted by varying the amount of sugar syrup. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can increase the syrup slightly, or decrease it for a more tart and refreshing cocktail. Start with small adjustments to find your perfect balance.

FAQ

What's the significance of shaking and not stirring the Eastern Standard?

Shaking the Eastern Standard cocktail, as opposed to stirring, is crucial for its texture and temperature. Shaking vigorously with ice chills the drink quickly and dilutes it slightly, making it more refreshing. Additionally, the shaking process aerates the drink, giving it a lighter body that complements the crisp flavors of the cucumber, lime, and mint.

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