• Jarnard Sutton

Behind the Stick with Chris Cheng of barleymash

If you like vodka with a nice take on refreshing fruits that are perfect for the summer, then this is the libation for you. Chris Cheng, bar manager of barleymash, located in downtown San Diego, created this cocktail by infusing cucumbers with Absolut Vodka Pears. Chris also shares his story, gives advice about being a bartender and he shows us how to make his refreshing cocktail called Doctor's Orders.

Doctor's Orders


photo courtesy Jarnard Sutton

.50 oz Almond Orgeat .50 oz simple syrup 1 oz lime juice 2 oz cucumber-infused Absolut Pears Topped with cinnamon

What's the story behind the Doctor's Orders?

It previously was one of our cocktails named the "Green Goose" which had pear vodka in it. I am not a huge fan of flavored vodkas, so I took it off the menu, however, a lot of our regulars kept ordering it, so eventually I looked at putting my twist on it and it turned out alright! What's the process of infusing cucumbers with vodka and why did you choose cucumbers?