The Unincorporated cocktail is gin, olive brine, and a sprig of thyme in a beautiful sake glass.

Some might call this a pity cocktail. There was an almost embarrassingly small amount of gin left in the bottle … I would rather save a little bit for the next time, rather than overdo (I know, I know, that’s just me). If I’m pouring for two, it doesn’t really matter, but when you live alone, these small margins are everything.

So, to finish the bottle, I made a very … tiny … cocktail.

For those in the know, this is actually a sake glass, given to me by a dear friend who brought it back after living in Japan. So if you know sake, you know how tiny this cocktail actually is!

The sake glass served to disguise the ridiculous nature of this drink. But it worked – it looks great! It was also delicious. The thyme had a beautiful aroma every time I brought the glass to my lips.

The Unincorporated is so named because I live in Unincorporated Pierce County (not Tacoma, as I was originally told, and as my address says!). This photo is from my deck. I was at home in Tacoma on this day because I was doing laundry in my private, COVID-free laundry room (long story!).


  • Gin (the small amount that was left in the bottle)

  • Olive brine

  • Sprig of thyme


  • Shake gin and olive juice together with ice in a shaker, until satisfied.
  • Pour into a small, quirky glass to disguise how tiny this cocktail is – and to make it look good.
  • Cheers!
Enjoyed on July 13

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