Savor Summer: Cucumber Mint Cocktails at Toll House or Your House

Just because the yellow school buses are making their rounds, it doesn’t mean summer is over. So let’s put down the pumpkin-spice-everything and savor these last days, deal?

Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, CA doesn’t skimp on summer. (In fact, they don’t skimp on much of anything.) The on-site restaurant, The Verge, is a fast favorite among locals and travelers alike. A recent $1 million floor-to-ceiling renovation, tripled the capacity and added thoughtfully designed seating for both large parties and solo-travelers.

As for the grub, Executive Chef Albert Nguyen-Phoc delivers his take on California Fusion Cuisine, drawing on his Vietnamese heritage and Parisian training. Many dishes are prepared sous vide a French style of cooking, which, translated literally, means “under vacuum.”  (Trust us, Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken — after four hours of sous vide, and a quick flash fry — will rock your world.)

In the spirit of their over-the-top hospitality, they’ve opened their bar to share the recipe for one of their top-selling concoctions — the Cucumber Mint Cocktail.  Now, you can bring Toll House to your house, just in time for the for the final days of summer!

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CUCUMBER MINT COCKTAIL: 

2 Cucumber slices + more for garnish.
8 Mint leaves
1 pinch of salt
1/2oz Mint simple syrup
2 oz Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz Yellow Chartruese
1 oz Fresh lime juice

  1. Muddle cucumber slices, mint leaves, salt and simple syrup
  2. Add ice, tequila, yellow chartruese, lime juice.
  3. Shake shake shake
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  5. Garnish with a cucumber spear and a mint leave
  6. Enjoy. Repeat as desired.

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