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Cocktails for Christmas:the Pine Needle Press

Sorry, no video for today’s cocktail. But bare with me: this is a good one.

Chris Grant of the now closed Belly in Portland, Oregon created the Pine Needle Press.

2 1/4-inch thick cucumber slices, one diced and one reserved as a garnish 1 1/2 ounces gin (I used Schlichte again) 3/4 ounces Douglas fir eau de vie 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1 ounce (barely) simple syrup Soda water

This may sound crazy, especially as someone who drinks a lot of gin and tonics in the summer (especially garnished with cucumber), but this cocktail comes out strong on the cucumber and light on the pine. Its refreshing, and summery- but there is just enough pine to faintly invoke the holidays. This Christmas cocktail may be the one most appropriate for Christmas in July.

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