The bagel and lox sandwich has earned a bit of a cult following—as well it should. Nothing beats cold, cured salmon piled high on a toasty everything bagel with a generous slathering of cream cheese and a topping of tomatoes and capers. So we decided to honor the morning masterpiece with an equally mouthwatering cocktail. Refreshing cucumber vodka gets a sweet and tangy kick from a homemade beet shrub and fresh lemon juice, while a sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning nods to the classic breakfast base. A sliced cucumber twirled around the inside of the glass takes it into showstopping territory. This is your bagel’s new BFF.
Prepare a highball glass by wrapping a paper-thin slice of cucumber around the inside of the glass in a vertical spiral. Add fresh ice to the glass to hold the cucumber in place.
Add cucumber vodka, beet shrub and lemon juice to a shaker tin with ice. Shake until cold and well-mixed.
Strain the shaken cocktail into the highball glass. Top with soda water.
Garnish with a bouquet of fresh dill and a pinch of everything bagel seasoning. Serve with a straw.
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