West 12 2.0

Recipe by Zachary Cramer


  • 2 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Citric Acid*
  • 0.5 oz. Homemade Mint Syrup**
  • Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters

Preparation: Chill a martini glass with ice and water. Alternatively, store martini glass in the freezer at least 15 minutes before beginning to make the cocktail. In a stirring vessel with ice combine 2 oz. Wódka Vodka, 0.5 oz. citric acid, 0.5 oz. homemade mint syrup, 2 dashes Bitter Truth Cucumber Bitters. Now stir until the cocktail is as cold as could be. I like to count 30 revolutions of my bar spoon here. Strain with a julep strainer into our chilled martini glass. Garnish with a crown of fresh mint and enjoy!

*Citric Acid

Combine 1 liter of water and 50 grams of citric acid powder. Stir until fully dissolved. Label and date. Shelf life: 1 month in a fridge.

**Homemade Mint Syrup

In a quart container add 2 cups of white sugar, 50 grams of fresh mint, and top with hot water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Allow mint to steep in the syrup for 6 hours as it cools. After 6 hours strain the mint, label, and date. Shelf life: 2 weeks at fridge temperature.

Garnish: Mint Crown

Glassware: Chilled Martini Glass

Cocktail Inspiration:

A staple to my place of work, Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs, was a cocktail called the West 12th. It consisted of muddled cucumber and mint, Wodka Vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. It was a riff on the Eastside, a classic cocktail typically made with gin. The West 12th had been on the menu since we opened 9 years ago and has always been a top seller, but I wanted to give it a makeover for the modern cocktail scene, while also making it more time efficient to make. This is New York and everything has to be fast. Even in a chic cocktail bar. No more muddling and double straining for this pretty drink. This is a new age of cocktailing and thus came the West 12th 2.0 . It’s deceptively refreshing as it looks more like a martini than a citric mint cucumber sipper. Wodka Vodka is the perfect spirit for this drink. It allows those fresh flavors to truly shine and really complements the drink. Cheers!