West Ender

By • July 14, 2011 • 9 Comments



Author Notes: Whilst waiting in the JetBlue terminal at JFK, I ordered a drink called an Eastsider at one of their great restaurants. A little gin, a little mint ... suffice to say it made the flight totally painless. A bit of exploring on the internet revealed it was a takeoff on a drink called a Southsider. The part of town I live in is called the West End, so here's our local spin, which we consumed by the batch poolside on vacation. - wssmomwssmom

Food52 Review: I highly recommend going the shaken route for this refreshing cocktail. The chill from a good shake is perfect for the cucumber and mint, especially with the St. Germain and gin. If you are muddling without straining, try cutting up the cucumbers a little before muddling to avoid big chunks of cucumber skin. I found 1-inch slice of cucumber to be perfect. - biffbourgeoisStephanie Bourgeois

Serves 1

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 segments of lime (if you were to cut a lime into eight segments, use two of them)
  • a fat slice seedless cucumber
  • 2 big (teaspoon size) mint leaves
  • 1 ounce St. Germaine liqueur
  • 2 ounces Hendricks gin
  • sugar to taste
  • club soda
  1. In the bottom of a rocks glass, muddle together the lime juice, the lime segments, the cucumber slice, and the mint leaves. Stir in the St. Germaine and the Hendricks gin, and taste. You may want to add a bit of sugar, or not.
  2. Fill the glass with ice cubes, and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a lime wheel and a mint sprig.
  3. Alternatively. you may also muddle the lime juice, lime segments, cucumber and mint leaves and put them into an ice-filled martini shaker with the St. Germaine and the Hendricks, shake for 30 seconds, until chilled, and strain into a martini glass. Top with some chilled club soda and ganrish with a lime wheel.
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about 3 years ago Midge

My husband and I just realized we had all these ingredients (well, Bombay gin) and made a couple. I think this might be my new summer cocktail. Delicious!

Me

about 3 years ago wssmom

ay! I am so glad you enjoyed the combinations!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Hendricks and Elderflower sound really interesting together....I wonder what a north ender would taste like.

Me

about 3 years ago wssmom

Let's have a throwdown and invent one!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Let's! That would be fun.

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about 3 years ago checker

OK, so being the travel addict that I am, I am in JFK about every other month. Where do you get the inspiration for this? Regardless, I will have to try it... (I have my favorite airport bars/restaurants for so many places worked out but still not JFK - help me!)

Me

about 3 years ago wssmom

It's inside the JetBlue terminal - there are about five restaurants of different ilk circling a common seating area; you peruse the menus and select which one you want. I can't remember the name of it, but it was the first one on the left ....

Me

about 3 years ago wssmom

Temperance, MI, LOL. And I I love the name Thatcher's Elderflower Liqueur!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Love the addition of the St. Germain. I just found a bottle of Thatcher's Elderflower Liqueur made on the outskirts of Temperance, MI (if you can believe that!)