While filling up on chefs Evan and Sarah Rich’s stellar food (hash browns on smoked fish cream cheese, coconut shave ice over lime sherbet), Rich Table bar manager Tommy Quimby makes sure you drink well, too. You may have seen the likes of cucumber, lime and ginger with vodka before, but the Green Eyes goes a new direction with sesame-oil-washed vodka. The drink is still green and garden-fresh but with a subtle nutty silkiness.
This recipe originally appeared as part of “11 Vodka Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”
Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Garnish with a cucumber wheel.
*Sesame-infused vodka: Combine 1/2 cup sesame oil and 3 1/2 cups vodka and shake, then let infuse for 72 hours at room temperature. Place in freezer for 24 hours. Oil will solidify, allowing to strain it out. Pass through a fine strainer before it thaws.
**Cucumber ginger syrup: Juice 4 cups thinly sliced cucumber and strain. In a medium pot, combine 2 cups thinly sliced ginger, 4 cups sugar and 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Once it boils, take off of burner and let cool to room temperature. Strain out ginger pieces, and mix in cucumber juice. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.