Father's Day

Stalking Pacino

March 15, 2012
4 Ratings
  • Makes Several Stalking Pacinos
Author Notes

While in California last week, we went to a famous Pasadena bar, Carmine's. On the menu was a drink called a "Pacino". The bartender on duty did not know why the drink was so named, but to the drink's listed ingredients, I bumped up the cucumber flavors infused in Hendrick's gin, infused the simple syrup with celery, and added celery juice to give the drink an earthy taste and a very pretty color. I meted out the ingredients using a jigger and measuring cups, and am giving instructions based on making an individual drink. It's a weeknight, I'm not having a cocktail party, but I have a nice supply of leftover components for other uses, or to make more drinks Friday night. The cucumber water and simple syrup can be made well in advance. This is a refreshing drink perfect for the upcoming warmer weather. —Bevi

Test Kitchen Notes

The Drink oozes celery, the crisp grassiness coupled with that hint of natural salinity from the stalks. The cucumber bits & water soften the sharp celery flavor. The basil gives out just the tiniest hint of a delightful aroma. As for the Gin, It’s THE perfect, simply perfect spirit to elevate a plain green celery stalk to a sophisticated cocktail drink. With clear instructions to make each component, It allows for mixing the final cocktail as per personal preference. This is truly a stellar Summer drink. —Panfusine

What You'll Need
  • Hendricks Gin
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 pitcher water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 large stalks celery, plus an inner stalk with leaves for garnish
  • juice from 1/2 large lime
  • zest from 1/2 of the lime - using a bartender's zester if possible
  • peel from the other half of the lime
  • 1 basil leaf, finely chiffonaded
  • seltzer as needed
  1. Prepare the cucumber water: Slice 1/2 of the cucumber and add a pitcher of water to the cuke slices. Place in the refrigerator and allow to sit while all the other ingredients are being prepared.
  2. Pour 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar into a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 3 stalks of chopped celery and the lime peel to the syrup. Simmer lightly for 15 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator. Strain the syrup, pressing the celery pieces to get the flavor, and reserve the syrup.
  3. Using an electric juicer, juice enough celery (3 to 4 stalks) to make 6 oz. Add the lime juice to the celery juice.
  4. Quarter, deseed, and chop enough remaining cucumber to make 1/4 cup. Set aside.
  5. Assemble the Stalking Pacino: Fill a 12 oz. glass 1/2 full with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz. gin, then 1 oz. celery simple syrup, then 1 1/2 oz. celery and lime juice, then 1/4 cup cucumber water. Shake very well, using a bartender's shaker. Taste and decide if you want to add more of any of the above components. Then, add the chopped cucumber, the basil, and the lime zest. Shake again. Pour everything back into the glass and top with seltzer.
  6. Garnish with a celery stalk, a cucumber slice, and a slice of lime. Bottoms up!

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Recipe by: Bevi

Cooking is an important part of my past. I grew up and worked on our family resort. These days, I cook good food to please my friends and family.

15 Reviews

Kemryb March 22, 2012
As Bevi's partner in crime on the Stalking Pacino escapade, I must add that she more than did this drink justice. She did neglect to mention the decor at Camine's: vertical striped wall paper of metallic machine guns, plus leather couches, furry pillows and white leather highhhhback chairs--plus plenty of mirrors. Lord knows we were looking really good in those mirrors after drink number two!
Bevi March 23, 2012
Hahahaha! We THOUGHT we looked really good in those mirrors after drink number two!
creamtea March 16, 2012
Oh, this is lovely! When my husband and I were first engaged, we wanted the prospective in-laws to meet for the first time. We brought to the Polo (NY, not LA) bar at the Westchester Hotel. Suddenly the waiter rushed over to us in great excitement, and, in a loud-ish whisper announced "Al Pacino is coming!" My parents, who'd long ago given up on going out to the movies and never recognize celebrities, looked at each other and responded, equally loudly "who's Al Pacino?" We still laugh at the memory. I think I ought to stir a couple of these up for our anniversary.
Bevi March 16, 2012
What a great story! Cheers!
lapadia March 16, 2012
Love your refreshing drink, love the name, wondering, since you were in CA when you heard the name "Pacino" if perhaps "AL' might have something to do with the story. :)
Bevi March 16, 2012
LeBec F. March 16, 2012
Bevi, this is terrific. I love cucumber and lime in drinks. Now I must ask you- i have never had gin (and have this sense that i wouldn't like it); all my drinks are vodka or tequila based. I'm guessing the answer is yes, but do you think this would translate well from gin to vodka? thx so much.
Bevi March 16, 2012
My guess is yes on vodka. Please try it and let me know! When it comes to boozy drinks, my experience is people are very particular about ratios according to their taste preferences, and the additional ratio of soda or water. Thanks!
hardlikearmour March 16, 2012
Yum! This sounds like a perfect drink to have after a hard day of work.
Bevi March 16, 2012
And I did get to recycle that celery!
mrslarkin March 15, 2012
Awesome name, Bevi. It's a drink AND a snack!
Bevi March 15, 2012
It's always good to get your veggies by hook or by crook!
boulangere March 15, 2012
There's got to be a story SOMEONE knows about this lovely drink!
Bevi March 15, 2012
I will be stalking that person the next time we stay in Pasadena! Thanks!
Bevi March 15, 2012
There should be 1/2 cup sugar listed in the ingredients.