Recipe by John Cusimano
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1/4 cup sugar
6 slices of English cucumber
2 handfuls of arugula
4 oz. gin
1/2 oz. Green Chartreuse liqueur
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and 1/4 cup water over low, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Let the simple syrup cool for about 10 minutes.
2. Using a muddler or the handle on a wooden spoon, muddle 4 cucumber slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Set aside 2 arugula leaves. Add the remaining arugula to the shaker and muddle until gently bruised. Add the gin, liqueur, lime juice, and 1 oz. simple syrup and fill with ice. Fit the shaker with a strainer lid; shake well. Double-strain the mixture by pouring from the shaker through a fine-mesh strainer into 2 chilled coupe glasses. Garnish with the remaining cucumber and the arugula leaves.