The Badminton Cup (also referred to at times as an East Side Cocktail), is the ultimate summer drink. The refreshing combination of cucumber, lime, and mint, along with a healthy dose of quality gin of course, makes for an instant favorite on rooftops, decks, poolside, or wherever you might be enjoying sun and warm weather.
Here’s what you’ll need:
3/4oz simple syrup
5 disc-shaped slices of cucumber for muddling and 2 for garnish
1/2 of a lime cut into 6 chunks –or– 3/4oz of lime juice
1 sprig of mint for muddling and 3-4 for garnish
In the smaller portion of your Boston Shaker (either your pint glass or smaller tin), combine the simple syrup, cucumber slices, and lime (either the 6 lime pieces or the juice), and muddle well to release all the juices and essential oils. Add the sprig of mint and muddle very lightly (just a twist or two.) You’re only looking to release the mint flavors here; over-muddling mint will leave you with a bitter drink. Add the gin, and fill the remainder of the shaker with ice. Seal the shaker and shake vigorously. (A good measure of “the right length of time to shake” is “Until the shaker is too cold to hold,” or at least 10-15 seconds.)
Unseal the shaker and, using a Hawthorn strainer, strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over fresh cubed ice. Garnish with two slices of cucumber and several large sprigs of fresh mint. The garnish is critical here. You really want that fresh mint as an aromatic to go along with this drink.
Warm weather has finally arrived here in New York, and this is the first cocktail I’ve prepared in celebration. I suggest you do the same!