Alibi V.27 No.23 • June 7-13, 2018 

Try This at Home

After the Rain

Jessica O’Brien’s monsoon season cocktail

For this issue I got to interview Jessica O’Brien, the cocktail master at Sister Bar. A true artist in the medium of booze, O’Brien makes a new special cocktail every week that she serves on Monday nights from 6pm until it’s all gone. Her drinks are usually ephemeral treats, but I managed to talk her into sharing a recipe for one of her recent weekly specials so you can make the magic happen at home. You’re welcome.

“Balance, balance, balance,” O’Brien said when I asked her about the most important part of crafting a good cocktail. “You have to find a balance between your liquor, your sweetness and your acidity. As long as you can get those three down, it’s just playing around after that.” For her, “playing around” usually looks like strolling through the produce aisles at the grocery store and seeing what jumps out at her. She takes into account what’s fresh and in season, what the weather calls for and what she thinks the masses want to drink when she makes a new cocktail.

This drink came from the Jayo’s Cocktail Pop-Up on May 21, when we got our first monsoon of the season. Inspired by the pleasant coolness and the springtime smell of rain, O’Brien crafted this refreshing, vegetal drink that combines snow peas, cucumber and rosemary. It tastes like a garden, in the best way possible.

Try making After the Rain at home, and come visit O’Brien at her next Jayo’s Cocktail Pop-Up: Monday, June 11, from 6pm to close.

Snow pea/rosemary simple syrup

(This can be made a few days in advance, and makes enough syrup for several drinks.)


2 cups snow peas
1 handful rosemary
1.5 liters simple syrup


1) Simmer rosemary and simple syrup for about 20 to 30 minutes.

2) Strain out rosemary.

3) Put snow peas and simple syrup put into a blender. Blend on high for a couple of minutes.

4) Strain mixture with fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

5) Let syrup cool completely.

Jessica O’Brien’s drink inspired by the first rain
Jessica O’Brien’s drink inspired by the first rain
Jessica O’Brien



1 cucumber
2 ounces gin
.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
1.5 ounces snow pea/rosemary simple syrup

1) Muddle a few pieces of cucumber in bottom of a shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and enough ice to fill shaker.

2) Give it a good shake.

3) Double strain into a rocks glass. Add ice.

4) Add sliced cucumber and snow pea as garnish.

5) Sit back and enjoy!