No Experience Necessary

Recipe by Daniel Messina


  • 1 3/4 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Apple Sesame Cane Syrup*
  • 3/4 Cucumber Juice**
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes Saline***


*Apple Sesame Cane Syrup

  1. Juice enough red delicious apples for 1 cup of juice.
  2. Add two tbsp. of sesame seeds toast for 60 seconds then,
  3. Combine 1 cup of apple juice with two cups of cane sugar in the same pot. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar is dissolved then blend and strain out the remaining sesame and bottle.

**Cucumber Juice

Juice in a breville.

***Saline Solution

8 parts water to one part salt by weight.

Garnish: Cucumber Roll Up

Glassware: Coupe

Cocktail Inspiration:

This cocktail I put on my menu at the wellborn. Where the whole menu is based off of classified ads . I love how wodka provides a nice clean base for the other ingredients to work well together all without losing the fact that this is indeed a wodka cocktail. Which is why I choose not to use any other spirt or modifiers. The food served at the hotel is Mediterranean. So in each cocktail I was trying to use something unique to the region in this case sesame seeds, which they use in tahina.