101 Best New Cocktails: Green Dream by Olivia Hu, Sunrise/Sunset, Brooklyn, NY, USA

by Gaz Regan · Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2015

Green Dream

Olivia Hu, Sunrise/Sunset, Brooklyn, NY, USA

“A refreshing drink crafted for warm weather, the cucumber juice complements the sweetness of the Mastiha well. The recipe doesn’t require added sugar such as simple syrup because Mastiha is made from tree sap from the Chios islands in Greece. The ginger juice adds an extra subtle spice. A popular choice amongst the clientele, we at Sunrise/Sunset consider the Green Dream a winner.” Olivia Hu

Green Dream45 ml (1.5 oz) Roots Mastiha Sweet Liquor

30 ml (1 oz) Monopolowa Vienna dry gin

60 ml (2 oz) fresh cucumber juice*

15 ml (.5 oz) fresh lemon juice

7.5 ml (.25 oz) fresh ginger juice*


1 cucumber wheel, as garnish

1 thyme sprig, as garnish

Shake over ice and strain into a collins glass over fresh ice. Top with seltzer and add the garnishes. Serve with 2 collins straws.

*We have a power juicer in house that we use to create the cucumber and ginger juice. Remove the skin on the ginger before juicing, but leave the cucumber unpeeled. The skin of the cucumber gives the cocktail a luminescent green color with the seltzer water.

gaz sez: First we must look at Roots Mastiha Sweet Liquor which is actually a liqueur, not a liquor at all, and it’s a pretty strange bird no matter how you look at it, but boy oh boy, it’s very distinctive, indeed. I sampled Mastiha for the very first time at the 2015 Berlin Bar Conference, and I was really excited to see it in this drink. The Green Dream is a fabulous quaff, and if you’re a gin-freak you’ll be forgiven for using a little less Mastiha and a little more Mother’s Ruin in this baby. Both ways work well.

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