Last night at Drink, I spotted a piece of cucumber and immediately knew what to ask Misty to make for me—the Irma la Douce.  Created by LUPEC Boston, this cocktail combines muddled cucumber with gin, citrus and green Chartreuse resulting in a drink that is savory, herbal and refreshing.  I absolutely love the cucumber flavor!

This fabulous drink is named for the 1963 comedy Irma la Douce starring Shirley MacLaine (Irma) as a quirky and charming Parisian prostitute.  Jack Lemmon plays a policeman who falls for Irma.  Because he can’t stand the thought of Irma with another man, he concocts an alter-ego who becomes her only client.  As you can imagine, hilarity ensues as he attempts to keep up this charade.

Interestingly, the drink is named for the bright green stockings that Irma wears throughout the film.  The drink features a green French liqueur and the final color is a beautiful green hue, reminiscent of Irma’s interesting fashion choice.  Here’s a short clip of her dancing in those famous stockings.

Irma la Douce

1 ½ oz Hendrick’s gin
½ oz green Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz grapefruit juice
¼ oz simple syrup

½ inch piece of cucumber, peeled

Muddle cucumber. Add remaining ingredient and shake with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

Cheers!

1 ½ oz Hendrick’s gin
½ oz green Chartreuse
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz grapefruit juice
¼ oz simple syrup

½ inch piece of cucumber, peeled

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