Drunken Nova Scotia Oyster

Cocktail Competition: picture of Druken Nova Scotian Oyster

About 15 years ago, when I was in Singapore, I was served an oyster shooter. The oyster was swimming in sake and it was delicious. This Nova Scotia version is designed to capture the flavours of the sea (saltiness and minerality) and the earth.

Drink this as a shooter, all in one gulp, and don’t forget to say “Sociable!”.


1 Raw Nova Scotia Oyster (Eel Lake or Sober Island)
1 Chunk of English cucumber, unpeeled
2 oz. Ironworks Vodka
1 oz. Kosher Salt
1 Fresh Mint Sprig to Garnish


1. With a sharp paring knife, hollow out the chunk of cucumber to form a veggie shot glass. Don’t cut through to the bottom or you will lose all the contents of the drink!

2. Dip the rim of your cuke cup in kosher salt.

3. Place raw oyster (no shell) in the bottom and top with Ironworks vodka.

4. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve on a bed of kosher or rock salt on a small plate. Toss the shot, chew the oyster and finish with a bite of the cucumber cup for maximum deliciousness.

(Serves one)

Source Guide:
*Find Ironworks vodka at the distillery, select Farmers’ Markets or from Ironworks’ online store.
**Pick up farm-fresh seasonal produce from Noggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit FarmsMasstown Market or one of the many other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

Recipe provided by: Michele Sponagle (@msponagle) as part of the #NSJoyRide Nova Scotia Cocktail Competition.
Photo Credit: Michael Stack, @mjstack

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