Finallyyy… I have another Thirsty Thursday recipe for you guys!! It’s calling for a beautiful weekend over here, feels like 32 starting tomorrow through Sunday so let’s make some dranksss! You with me? Probably our last patio weather worthy days for this year… might as well take full advantage of that!!
We just got back from a week’s vacation and it was so Amazing!!! First off, I’m gonna go straight to the drink recipe! It’s 100% inspired from our trip! Particularly from our stay at the Beautiful Inn at Bay Fortune. This place is a dream come true, from the actual Inn, to the views, the staff, the FOOD, omg the food… insane! And obviously the delicious cocktails! I’ll dish the full scoop about our trip/Inn after the recipe if you want all the deets 😉! My favourite cocktail was called the Cucumber & Cinnamon Basil Rose Gin Smash. They infused some gin with actual wild rose petals from their garden, then they made a simple syrup with fresh sumac from their garden, then they garnished with cinnamon basil… from their garden! It was pretty and pink and perfect! Since I didn’t have fresh sumac or cinnamon basil, I couldn’t really recreate this one so I’m going with my second favourite, and my hubby’s favourite: The East Islander!! Well, I’m trying to recreate it the best I can… with a little twist! It had mint, cucumbers, vodka, lime and mint simple syrup! The Inn had a huge herb garden! I thought I had a pretty good mint plant, check theirs out🤣Crazy right!! Anyways ,in addition to all that, I’m going to add a little Green Chartreuse! Don’t know what it is? Well, I didn’t either until my mixologist friend Sam introduced me to it! It’s a French Liqueur, made by the Carthusian Monks since 1737, composed with 130 herbs, plants and flowers (says so on the bottle and google!) It’s green, it’s herby and floral and gives that something extra to a cocktail! It can be a little tricky to find so if you can’t get your hands on some of this stuff, just omit it!For one East Islander, you will need:
½ Cup cucumber slices, plus more for garnish
8-10 Fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 Ounce fresh lime juice, approx. 1 large lime
1 Ounce mint simple syrup, the same as the one I used in my Minty Bourbon Lemonade
1.5 Ounce Vodka
0.5 Ounce Green Chartreuse
You will also need a cocktail shaker, a muddler (or a wooden spoon), a cocktail glass and lots of ice
Start off by making the Mint Simple Syrup!! Like I’ve said before, simple syrup can be made in advance and will keep nicely in the fridge for a few weeks! All you do is boil equal amounts sugar and water and flavour it with whatever you like. In this case, we are adding fresh mint. So, in a small saucepan, add ½ cup water and have a cup white granulated sugar. Bring that to a boil, once the sugar has dissolved, add the fresh mint, remove from heat and let it sit for half an hour or so. Transfer it to a jar and cool completely before using.
Fill a glass with ice so it gets nice and cold while you’re mixing! In a cocktail shaker, add the cucumber slices. Give them a good muddle to release all the juices. Add the fresh mint, give it another muddle. Then, add the simple syrup, the lime juice, the vodka and the green chartreuse. Add a cup or so of ice and Shake for about 30 seconds. Pour the drink over ice, garnish with a slice of cucumber, fresh mint, a lime wedge and serve it up! If you have one of those mini fine mesh strainers, you can strain it through that also so it will catch all the muddled cucumber and mint. By the way, if you’re a Gin lover vs. Vodka lover, pretty sure this would be really tasty with Gin!
So, this is my take on the Inn’s East Islander! I don’t know the exact measurements they used there but it tastes pretty similar to theirs! Like I said, I’ll blab on about our trip below! If you’re either going to visit PEI or NS soon, definitely try to check out some of these spots!! So, if this is bye for now, Cheers✌🏻! If you wanna mix up a drink and keep reading, I’d love to tell you all about it🙌🏻!Print
This cocktail is slightly sweet, herbaceous, refreshing and the perfect way to start any celebration! If you’re a Gin lover, swap the vodka for Gin, delicious!
- 1/2 cup cucumber slices
- 8-10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 ounce lime juice, approx 1 large lime
- 1 ounce mint simple syrup (recipe in my post)
- 1.5 ounces Vodka
- 0.5 ounce Green Chartreuse*
You will also need a cocktail shaker, a muddler or wooden spoon and ice.
- Fill your glass with ice so it gets nice and cold while you’re mixing your drink!
- In a cocktail shaker, add the cucumber slices. Give them a good muddle to release the juices!
- Add the fresh mint, muddle again.
- Add the fresh lime juice, the simple syrup, the Vodka and the Green Chartreuse.
- Add a cup or so of ice in the shaker and shake for about 30 seconds.
- Pour*over ice, garnish with a slice of cucumber, fresh mint or lime wedges. Enjoy!
*If you can’t find Green Chartreuse, you can omit it completely. You could replace the 0.5 ounce with extra Vodka.
**If you want a perfectly clear cocktail and you have one of those little cocktail strainers, you could pour the drink through that to insure no cucumber or mint chunks get in your drink.
Keywords: Mint, Cucumbers, Lime, Vodka
Here we go🤩!! We we’re on vacation for a week, so two days in Nova Scotia and four days in PEI and one day to travel back. First off, we headed to Halifax to meet up with some friends! They brought on us a little tour of the city, started off by the water for some beers🍺, then made our way to this really cool spot called Highwayman for some Aperol Spritz, Charcuterie Board and Oysters! Great way to start off our first day of Vacay!! Off we went to another great spot Field Guide for some bomb Steam Buns and I’ll quote my Husband on this “The best fried chicken sandwich” he’s ever had. It was on a fluffy biscuit and the chicken was sooo crispy, it was perfection! We washed that down with Whiskey Sours and off we went to the next spot. When you are in a city for less than 24 hours, Restaurant hopping is the way to go!! It let’s you get a little taste of all the best places, why not? Our last meal of the night was at Edna, and they had Burrata so needless to say we loved this place! Also had some Mushroom Risotto! Now, I won’t blab on about every meal we had during the week because this post will never end LOL!! I will try to stick to the absolute best ones!!!
Our next destination was Wolfville to visit the Wineries! If you’ve never been to Wolfville, and you like Vino🍷, such a great place to visit! We have such beautiful Wineries so close to home, it’s definitely worth the trip! We visited 4:
Lightfoot: Which has amazing Wood oven Pizza🍕 and delicious Sparkling Rosé🥂!
Planters Ridge: Which had a delicious Tidal Bay (Tidal Bay is a wine Particular to this region, it’s light and crisp and goes great with seafood, you can read a little more about Tidal Bay here) also, this winery is located in beautiful old barn, so pretty!
Luckett Vineyards: Rosé & Burrata🧀, do you need anything else in life? This place also has a great market with all kind of goodies, cheese, Charcuterie, EVOO and much more!
Benjamin Bridge: Bubbles, all the Bubbles🍾🍾🍾!
I had visited Wolfville last year with my girlfriends for my Bachelorette Party and we had stayed in the cutest little Bed & Breakfast called Planter’s Barracks Country Inn! We loved it so much we stayed there again this year. First of all, it’s Pink! Like literally, the house is painted pink! The Inn Keeper, Erin, is the sweetest and makes a dreamy breakfast! If you’re in the area, definitely check this place out!!
Side note: this trip was for our first wedding anniversary😍!! Like most of you know, we got married last year in Tuscany! It was such a dream and we had the absolute best time!! Our friends, Denika & Pierre who we were visiting is NS were with us in Italy last year… and as a wedding gift, they booked us weekend a The Inn at Bay Fortune (hence where we were heading next). Yeah, I know… they are the best!!!! So first off, thanks guys for the special treat, it was seriously amazing!So, from Wolfville, we drove up to Caribou NS to take the Ferry to PEI. It’s only an hour-long ferry🚢 ride so it was just enough time to sit back, relax… and have a Cow’s Ice Cream😉.
Well, I’m gonna stop here for today! As you can see from the first 2 days, lots of delicious food, cocktails, and relaxing!! Exactly what we needed🤗! I’ll keep going about our stay in PEI in my next post, stay tuned!