This simple gin cucumber cocktail is bubbly and refreshing. No syrups or sweeteners required!
Cucumber water is all well and good, but it's better when that water is fizzy, and there's gin in there. I mean, that's just science. A gin cucumber cocktail is a perfect patio drink on a hot summer evening.
I made this cocktail using mint from my garden, because holy crap, you guys. My garden is full of mint. People always told me that mint would take over, but I'd never really experienced that problem. My mint plants always did well, but this summer has been beyond. I couldn't be more thrilled - I love mint! And it's nice to see something thriving in this heat.
The cucumber for this cocktail came from Freedom Farmers Market. You only need a couple of slices of cucumber to make a gin cucumber cocktail, and the one that I chose was so tiny that the kind ladies from Cedar Grove Farm gave it to me for free!
Like most of my cocktail recipes, this one is easy to multiply. If you want to make a whole pitcher of gin cucumber cocktails, just muddle the gin, juice, mint, and cucumber in a pitcher, and add 1/2 cup soda water per cocktail. So, if you were making an 8-serving pitcher, you'd use 4 cups of soda water. Pour into glasses full of ice, and you're in business.
Gin Cucumber Cocktail
- 2 ounces gin
- juice of 1 fresh lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
- 2 cucumber slices
- soda water
- 1 sprig of mint, for garnish
- Combine the gin, lime juice, mint, and cucumber slices in a highball glass, and muddle with a spoon.
- Add your ice, top off with soda water, and garnish with a sprig of mint.