Eastside Cocktail

Meet the Eastside Cocktail. Muddled with mint and cucumber, this simple gin cocktail is an effervescent version of a southside cocktail that’s super refreshing and perfect for summer.

Meet the Eastside Cocktail. Muddled with mint and cucumber, this simple gin cocktail is an effervescent version of a southside cocktail that’s super refreshing and perfect for summer.

Some eastside cocktails, a bottle of gin and a bowl of cucumbers.

Why we love this cucumber gin cocktail

  • Cucumber and gin are quite the pair. It’s refreshing and flavorful, and when you throw in some mint, you get a top notch cocktail.
  • This drink is like a cross between a cucumber gimlet and a gin mojito, a little fizzy and a little sweet.
  • It’s the kind of drink you can have all day long while you lounge by the pool or on your patio.
Overhead photo of an eastside cocktail, garnished with a mint sprig, cucumber slices and a lime wedge.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Gin – If you aren’t a fan of gin, you can easily make this cocktail with vodka and it would be equally refreshing.
  • Cucumber – Don’t skip this ingredient. It makes the cocktail unique and it’s super refreshing.
  • Mint – This would be great swapped for another herb like fresh basil would be great.
  • Lime juice – Fresh is best, but bottled would work, you could also replace the lime juice with lemon or another citrus like grapefruit.
2 cocktails with lime, cucumber and mint with a bowl of cucumbers on the side.

How to make the eastside cocktail

Muddle the greens. Drop the cucumber slices and mint leaves into a cocktail shaker or large mixing glass. Use a muddler to smash them until fragrant. Be careful not to over muddle.

Shake until cold. Add the lime juice, simple syrup and gin to the cocktail shaker and top with ice. Cover and shake until the drink is nice and cold.

Garnish and serve. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled mostly with ice. Top with club soda or seltzer water. Then, garnish with a few cucumber slices and mint leaves.

Eastsider cocktail in a rocks glass with lime, mint and cucumber for garnish.

faqs about the eastsider cocktail

What is in the eastsider?

The base of the eastside cocktail is a gimlet but with added flavor. In the eastsider, you add muddled cucumbers and mint to the traditional gimlet ingredients of gin, lime juice and simple syrup.

How do you cut cucumber for gin?

You can slice your cucumber in wheels, half moons or in long ribbons, depending on the glass you intend to use. Long ribbons are great wrapped around the inside of a glass or on a cocktail pick.

A couple eastside cocktails in rocks glasses, garnished with mint, cucumber and lime.

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Eastside cocktails garnished with mint, lime and cucumber.
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Eastside Cocktail

Meet the eastside cocktail. Muddled with mint and cucumber, this simple gin cocktail is an effervescent version of a gin gimlet that’s super refreshing and perfect for summer.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Gin
  • Method: Mixing

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cucumber slices
  • 56 mint leaves
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • For garnish: mint leaves, cucumber slices

Instructions

  1. Add mint and cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddle until fragrant.

  2. Add lime juice, simple syrup and gin to the shaker with ice.

  3. Shake until cold.

  4. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

  5. Top with club soda
  6. Garnish with fresh mint and a cucumber slice.

Keywords: eastside cocktail, cucumber gin cocktail, eastsider cocktail

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