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This recipe is from Season 3 of 5 Ingredient Fix


  • Zucchini Water:

  • 1 large zucchini

  • Kosher salt

  • Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • Zucchini-tini:

  • 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


  • To make the zucchini water::

  • 1.

    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.

    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.

  • To make the cocktail::

  • 1.

    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.


Cook's Note: Leftover zucchini water can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes 2 cocktails.

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