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Medicine for Melancholy


4 cucumber slices, divided

1½ ounces vodka (the Lobby Bar uses Tito’s)

½ ounce absinthe, for rinse

¾ ounce basil simple syrup

¾ ounce lime juice

½ ounce St-Germain

½ ounce absinthe, for rinse


Muddle 3 of the cucumber slices in the bottom of a cocktail tin, then fill with ice. Add next four ingredients and shake well. Rinse a coupe glass with absinthe, discarding extra, then strain drink into coup. Garnish with remaining cucumber slice.