1/2 oz Cynar
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White
3 inch piece English Cucumber (no peel)
1 pinch Salt
Muddle cucumber with salt. Add rest of ingredients and shake; add ice and shake again. Double strain into a tall glass containing 2 oz soda water. Garnish with celery bitters and add a straw.
Two Mondays ago, Andrea and I went to Drink and found seats at the center bar near bartender Will Thompson. When I asked Will what he had been making lately that he thought I might like to try, he mentioned a cucumber Fizz that sounded intriguing. Will created the drink a few weeks back when they had a large batch of rhubarb syrup at the bar. When the syrup got used up, he searched for a substitute and switched over to a combination of Cynar and simple syrup instead. While I have had drinks that have paired up cucumber with Green Chartreuse, Herbsaint, and Pimm's, I have not had one that matched it up with the vegetal notes of Cynar, and the combination seemed like one worth trying.