The Eastside cocktail is a refreshing gin-based drink that was popularized in the 1920s during the prohibition era in the United States. It's a variation of the Southside cocktail, but with the addition of cucumber. It's perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing, crisp cocktail with a hint of sweetness and a touch of tartness.
The Eastside cocktail is a refreshing, crisp, and slightly sweet drink with a hint of tartness from the lime and a unique flavor from the cucumber and mint.
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If you don't have gin, you can substitute it with vodka. If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving sugar in hot water.
Why is this cocktail called 'Eastside'?
Despite popular belief, the Eastside cocktail is not named after any particular location or region. The origin of the name remains largely unknown.
What type of gin works best for the Eastside cocktail?
Any quality dry gin works well for an Eastside cocktail. However, gins with a good balance of botanicals, especially those featuring cucumber and mint, can enhance the flavor of the cocktail.
How do I avoid getting bits of cucumber and mint in my drink?
When you strain the cocktail into your glass, use a fine mesh strainer. This will catch any small pieces of cucumber or mint, giving you a smooth drink.
How can I make this cocktail if I don't have a cocktail shaker?
You can use any container with a tight-fitting lid, like a mason jar. Add the ingredients, put the lid on tightly, and shake well. Be careful when opening as it might be under pressure.