Archangel Recipe

Archangel Recipe

[Photograph: Nick Caruana]

A simple mix of muddled cucumber, gin, and Aperol makes for a cooling and refreshing cocktail. This drink was created by Michael McIlroy and Richard Boccato of Milk & Honey in New York.

I usually make this one with a London dry gin such as Beefeater 24, but it's also great with other gins. Try Hendrick's to amp up the cucumber flavor or Plymouth for an even lighter taste.

  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail
  • Active time: 2 minutes
  • Total time:2 minutes


  • 2 (1/2-inch thick) slices cucumber
  • 2 1/4 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. 1.

    Add the cucumber slices to the bottom of a mixing glass. Muddle them to break up, but do not pulverize completely.

  2. 2.

    Add gin and Aperol to mixing glass then fill 2/3 with ice and stir until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and serve.