A Cucumber Collins for the hottest of days I think we can all agree that it’s hot out. I’ve dispensed with wearing one of our lovely shirts and seem to be living in a ratty t-shirt from Foxy’s on Jost Van Dyke along with a pair of Vilebrequins. When even this isn’t enough, and the kids are no longer satisfied with waiting for adult swim to end at the pool , I have been reaching more and more for this drink courtesy of the fine folks at Fort Defiance in Red Hook. Ditch the Red Hot, this is what you want: CUCUMBER COLLINS 5 cucumber sticks 1 oz fresh lemon juice 1 oz simple syrup muddle above ingredients, then add: 2 oz Cardinal Gin plenty of ice Shake Pour over tall glass of Ice. Top of remainder with Club Soda, Garnish with mint. Unbelievably Refreshing. Turn on some Floating Action, think cool. Almost wants you to get back into a freshly ironed shirt again. Cheers E.M.M.