PREP TIME: 20min
SERVES: 2 cocktails
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup 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
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 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.
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.