Got a bumper crop of cucumbers, an invasion of mint or a bounty of basil?
Carpe summer diem; make cocktails!
Something magical happens when muddled fresh cucumbers meet the botanicals in gin. Cucumbers soften gin’s bite and gin brightens the vegetal notes. Ahhh, it’s a glorious combo!
We feel sorry for people who don’t like gin, butcucumber can also be a summer cocktail game changer for vodka drinks. Simply infuse a bottle with chopped, peeled cucumbers a few days ahead and mix with most anything.
Take a break from tonic and try one of these seasonal gimlet-inspired gin cocktails or elevate your same ole vodka dranks with the delicate cooling taste of cucumber. Bonus points for adding a floral note and topping with bubbles.
- 2 cucumber slices
- 4 to 6 mint leaves
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Hendrick's Gin
- 3/4 ounce lime juice
In the bottom of a shaker tin, gently muddle cucumbers, mint and simple syrup.
Fill shaker with ice. Add gin and lime juice and shake. Transfer all into a rocks glass and top with ice.
Garnish with a cucumber wheel and mint sprig.
- 1 fifth favorite vodka
- 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
In a large glass jar with lid, add cucumbers. Pour vodka over the top and seal lid. Reserve vodka bottle.
Store in a cool dark place for 1 to 2 days, shaking once or twice a day.
Strain vodka and discard cucumbers. Funnel infused vodka back into the original bottle and label.
Keep chilled and consume within 1 to 2 weeks.
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