Cocktail Recipes

Courtesy Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas

Employees Only owners and bartenders Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas share recipes for pitcher-size portions of two delish cocktails, the Pimm's Fruit Cup and the West Side.

Pimm's Fruit Cup
For 2 pitchers, serves up to 8

Pimm's Fruit Cup is a great cocktail to serve before a night of going out. It is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. It is a beautiful looking drink which you can put your own personal touch on with garnishes. You can split the recipe between 2 pitchers to make it easier to handle.

1 liter bottle of Pimm's #1
1-1/2 cups Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
1-1/2 cups of Cointreau or TripleSec
1 liter bottle of Ginger Ale
1 small Cucumber thinly sliced
1 bunch of Mint, stems removed
Any combination of Seasonal Fruits desired, sliced (optional)

Directions: Combine Pimm's, lime juice and Cointreau in a large container or pitcher. Add mint, cucumber and fruits. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour min. Add ice and ginger ale just prior to serving or into each individual glass.

West Side
For 2 pitchers, serves up to 8

The West Side is for those who do not like overly sweet cocktails. This recipe can also be made in prepared in advance. You can substitute the citrus vodka with other white spirits like gin or rum to make an equally delicious cocktail.

1 liter bottle of Citrus Vodka
4 cups of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
2 cups of Simple Syrup*
1 bunch of Mint, stems removed
1 16-ounce bottle of Club Soda or Seltzer Water

Directions: In a large container or pitcher lightly muddle or press the mint leaves. Add citrus vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup and refrigerate for 1 hour minimum. To assemble the drink, fill a cocktail shaker halfway up with the prepared West Side, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass and top off with club soda.

* Simple Syrup is made by combining equal parts sugar and water. This can be done by heating sugar and water on the stove top until all sugar is dissolved. You can also make simple syrup by using superfine sugar (also known as instant dissolving) and stirring the mixture until all is dissolved.

Excerpted from You Didn't Hear It From Us: Two Bartenders Serve Women the Truth About Men, Making an Impression, and Getting What You Want, by Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas. Copyright © 2006 by Dushan Zaric and Jason Kosmas. Reprinted with permission by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. Available at

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