The Derek Smalls Cocktail

Jan 26, 2012 5:21 pm

A refreshing vodka cocktail in a well-hidden bar

While tourists may hit New York City's Chelsea Market to ogle grass-fed marrow bones and pick up bottarga, natives know the really good stuff is underground. The Tippler, a speakeasy bar, is a century-old legend operating beneath the thoroughfare. Specializing in expertly selected wines, craft beers and simple, innovative cocktails featuring freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, The Tippler is a not-to-be-missed spot for mixology fans. 

The citrus-spiked Derek Smalls cocktail pairs vodka and cucumber with bitter, refreshing grapefruit and just may make you forget you're in a relatively dark underground drinking establishment.   

For an in-depth look at the making of the Derek Smalls on site at The Tippler, head over to We Are The Market.

Derek Small cocktail at The Tippler
Photo: James Harris
If you're in search of a great new vodka cocktail, The Tippler's your best bet.
Servings: 1 cocktail


2 ounces Zubrowka vodka
1/4 ounce Averna Citrus Sambuco
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce fresh cucumber juice
1/2 ounce honey syrup
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 sprig mint
2 dashes bitters
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Strain over fresh ice in an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with an additional sprig of mint and a thin slice of cucumber.

Cucumber juice: Peel one seedless cucumber and cut into 1-inch slices. Place in a blender with a half cup of water and puree. Strain through a fine sieve and use.

Honey syrup: Combine equal parts honey and warm water. Stir until incorporated. Keep in a clean, airtight glass container.

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