This fun cocktail is a play on one of the main concepts of the 2011 movie The Muppets, which brought back some of our favorite childhood characters. One of the favorite songs of the film is "Man or Muppet" in which two characters struggle with their cross-species identification issues. To me, this drink is a great fit for the song and a worthy drink for watching the Oscar-nominated movie.
The cucumber in the Very Manly Muppet plays off of Hendrick's natural profile and the basil compliments both, giving the drink a garden-fresh base. What I enjoy most about this cocktail from Ame at The St. Regis San Francisco is the use of sparkling sake when champagne or another sparkling wine may have been used like so many other star-studded drinks. I think you will find that this little change gives the drink a completely different profile and finishes the clean profile of the refreshing cocktail.
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Yield: 1 Cocktail
- 1 Coin of Cucumber peeled and cut 1/4 inch thick
- 2 Leaves of Fresh Basil
- 1 1/2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
- Juice from 1/2 lime freshly squeezed
- 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
- Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake