In a Pickle by Ted Kilgore, Taste by Niche,Saint Louis,MO

by Gaz Regan · Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails, 101 Best New Cocktails 2011

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In a Pickle by Ted Kilgore, Taste by Niche,Saint Louis,MO

Adapted from a recipe by Ted Kilgore, Taste by Niche,Saint Louis,MO.

“I created this cocktail because I had a guest request something that tasted like a pickle. It then became my best-selling cocktail.” Ted Kilgore.

2 cucumber slices

1 small dill sprig

45 ml (1.5 oz) Hendrick’s gin

15 ml (.5 oz) Velvet Falernum

15 ml (.5 oz)St.Germain

22.5 ml (.75 oz) fresh lime juice

1 cucumber slice, as garnish

1 small dill sprig, as garnish

Muddle the cucumber and dill in a mixing glass. Add ice and the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds and strain into an ice-filled highball glass (I use one large cube). Rub the rim of the glass with the cucumber slice, then lay the cucumber gently on top of the drink. “Spank” the dill sprig, then set it on top of the cucumber slice. Serve with a short straw and an impish grin.

gaz sez:  Ted’s my favorite crazy bastard bartender.  There, I’ve said it.  What impresses me most about his drinks is his flexibility.  Most of his creations tend toward the strong, Manhattan-like twists on classics, though he takes the twists to extremes at times.  Then, when you’re least expecting it, he comes up with a dainty little number like this drink, and the cocktail turns out to be as smooth as a finely-tuned Harley.  Let’s say that this is Ted showing us his feminine side, huh?

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