The Recipe:

The Aptly Named Backyard Vacation Cocktail

By:  Ari  Bendersky  Abe's Market Contributor  June 5th, 2014

Like margaritas but want something more? Try Hella Bitters' Backyard Vacation and go on a trip right at home. This recipe uses the Hella Bitters citrus bitters shaken with tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, triple sec, fresh lime juice and muddled cucumber and cilantro for a refreshing drink that has quite a delicious bite!

Hella Bitter Backyard Vacation Cocktail Recipe


  • 2 oz Espolon Tequila Reposado
  • .5 oz St. Germain
  • .5 oz Triple Sec
  • .75 fresh lime juice
  • .25 oz Demerara syrup 
  • 3 dashes Citrus Bitters
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • 6 cilantro leaves 


  1. In a shaker, muddle the cilantro leaves and cucumber. 
  2. Add tequila, St. Germain, Triple Sec, bitters, lime juice and syrup. Shake vigorously. 
  3. Salt the rim of a rocks glass, add ice to right below salt rim and strain the cocktail into glass. If you want, garnish with a sprig of cilantro.  


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Ari Bendersky

Abe's Market Contributor

Ari Bendersky Ari joined Abe's Market after years of covering music, lifestyle, wine and food for the New York Times, AP, Rolling Stone, Eater, Huff Post and more. He lives naturally by biking, hiking, green juicing and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup at all costs.

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