I am finally giving you a week without an infused liquor. Are you as shocked as I am? Don’t worry, they’ll be back. In fact, I just bought 8 pounds of fruit to make another one of my infused alcohol delights – trust me, you’ll like it…a lot.
Today I’m going with a gin cocktail recipe that’s light and easy. It’s a perfect little party drink for your summer entertaining. Easy to find ingredients, easy to make and damn delicious.
Last year, I made (wait for it…) and infused gin fizz using Hendrick’s Gin. Hendrick’s is one of my favorite gins because it’s not too heavy on the Juniper, like most gin is. Hendrick’s infuses its gin with lots of flavors including cucumber and rose petals (trust me, it’s not a girlie flavored spirit). Hendrick’s gin cocktail recipes don’t taste like your usual gin cocktails. But since we’re in the throes of summer and cucumbers are easy to find I thought I’d step up the cucumber flavors a whole lot for this drink. I think you’ll find that this cucumber cooler (of which lots of people have their own version) is really refreshing on a hot and muggy day.
I think gin is kind of like the red headed step child in the libation world at the moment. I mean, bourbon is HUGE right now in all kinds of concoctions (yes, I am guilty of some self lovin’ bourbon cocktails myself), vodka is being served in any and all flavors except – vodka flavored, wines are always popular and then there’s all of those specialty beers out there. Gin isn’t as old as mead so why should we shove this historied spirit off to the side?
There are plans for more gin cocktail recipes on my schedule…how about you?
Recipe: Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Cooler
- 2 Teaspoons Sugar
- 1 4 Inch Piece of Peeled Persian Cucumber (cut into chunks)
- 4 Mint Leaves
- 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
- 1/4 Ounce St. Germain
- Heavy Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice
- In a cocktail shaker add the sugar, chunks of cucumber and mint leaves.
- Using a muddler, or the back of a spoon, mash up the sugar, cucumber and mint leaves until the sugar is completely blended in with the other ingredients.
- Add in the gin, St. Germain and lemon juice (add as much or as little lemon as you like).
- Then add in some ice cubes, cover the shaker and shake vigorously.
- Strain and pour into a glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist and a sprig of fresh mint.
Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 0 Minutes
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)