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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 cocktails
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Zucchini Water: 

1 large zucchini

Kosher salt


2 tablespoons simple syrup, recipe follows

2 tablespoons zucchini water

1/2 cup unfiltered sake, cold

1/4 cup ounces gin

2 thin slices zucchini, for garnish

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar

1 cup water


  1. To make the zucchini water: Grate the zucchini on the large holes of a box grater and put it in a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; sprinkle with a pinch of salt and let stand for 15 minutes. Press the zucchini to extract as much water as possible. 
  2. To make the cocktail: Put the simple syrup, zucchini water, sake, and gin in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into 2 chilled martini glasses. Float a zucchini slice in each drink and serve immediately.

Simple Syrup:

  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat; stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and transfer to an airtight container. Syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.