I am always tempted by cocktails with cucumber in them but often disappointed. Aside from the classically refreshing Pimm's Cup, the cucumber-based recipes I've tried have either been too sweet, not sweet enough, or way too much trouble.
The Gordon's Cup, however, made me giddy, and it wasn't just the 1/4 cup of gin. This cooling Summer cocktail is easy to make: simply muddle lime and cucumber in a shaker, toss the other goods on top, give it a few shimmies, and dump everything out in your cup — no straining required. Shake up your Summer and get the recipe.
1/2 of 1 small lime, cut into 6 wedges
2 1/2-inch-thick rounds peeled cucumber
1/4 cup gin
1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup (see below)
1 cup cracked ice
1 pinch sea salt
- To make the simple syrup, stir 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil 1 minutes. Cool, then chill up to 1 month.
- Place lime and cucumber in cocktail shaker; mash with muddler or wooden spoon until lime is juiced and cucumber is pulpy.
- Add gin and simple syrup, then ice. Cover; shake vigorously 3 times. Pour contents of shaker (do not strain) into rocks glass. Sprinkle with salt.
Makes 1 cocktail.
- Drinks, Cocktails