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The Short Glass

Working at Taste by Niche continually proves that necessity is the mother of invention.  I often get requests for drinks based on flavor profile or base spirit–especially now that I have a “Bartender’s Choice” listed as an option on the drink menu.  I usually ask what they like to eat, what they normally drink, what kind of mood they’re in.  This is my mini interview.  I use it to get a feel for your general palate and its preferences.  Usually it’s a simple “I like to drink beer/red wine/eat steak, etc”.

Occasionally, however, I get surprised by my requests and by what I find in my mini interview.  Heck, once I had a lady ask for a drink to make a poet fall in love with her.  That was an interesting challenge.  And just last week, I got a request from a regular guest of mine who I shall refer to as “David” (mostly because his name actually is David), to make him a drink in the short glass.

This was my first experience of a drink request based solely on glass preference alone.  Oh what a fun challenge!  Now “David” comes to my bar with fair regularity, so I already knew that he liked tart and savory, usually with tequila or gin.  After staring at my bottles for inspiration for a moment or two, I found myself reaching for both the gin and tequila simultaneously.  Could this be the perfect opportunity to mix the two in one drink?  You bet your short little glass it is.

THE SHORT GLASS 1 1/2 oz. Lunazul blanco tequila 1/2 oz. Hendrick's gin 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice 1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur 1/2 oz. simple syrup 3 English cucumber slices (one for a garnish) In a mixing glass, muddle 2 cucumber slices. Add ice and all other ingredients.  Shake hard for 20 seconds and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice.  Garnish with a cucumber slice.

THE SHORT GLASS
1 1/2 oz. Lunazul blanco tequila
1/2 oz. Hendrick’s gin
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3 English cucumber slices (one for a garnish)
In a mixing glass, muddle 2 cucumber slices.
Add ice and all other ingredients.  Shake hard
for 20 seconds and strain into a highball glass
filled with fresh ice.  Garnish with a cucumber
slice.

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