PREP TIME: 20min
SERVES: 2 cocktails


Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

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


Step 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.

Step 2
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.

Step 3
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.