Father's Day

West Ender

July 14, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 1
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. - wssmom —wssmom

Test Kitchen Notes

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. - biffbourgeois —Stephanie Bourgeois

What You'll Need
  • 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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9 Reviews

Midge July 15, 2011
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!
wssmom July 15, 2011
ay! I am so glad you enjoyed the combinations!
Sagegreen July 15, 2011
Hendricks and Elderflower sound really interesting together....I wonder what a north ender would taste like.
wssmom July 15, 2011
Let's have a throwdown and invent one!
Sagegreen July 15, 2011
Let's! That would be fun.
checker July 14, 2011
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!)
wssmom July 15, 2011
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 ....
wssmom July 14, 2011
Temperance, MI, LOL. And I I love the name Thatcher's Elderflower Liqueur!
hardlikearmour July 14, 2011
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!)