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Gin & Cucumber Cooler

Did someone say gin o’clock? Today marks the ninth year of World Gin Day, so what better excuse to celebrate than creating a classic gin cocktail to share with your friends this weekend.

Gin is one of those gorgeous palate cleansing spirits that blends so well with simple, fragrant ingredients. I find my favourite gin creations are what I call “garden cocktails”, fresh and full of natural flavours from blackberries, elderflower, cucumber and strawberries.

My ‘Gin & Cucumber Cooler’ originated as an experiment for a refreshing soft drink and swiftly became the base of one of my favourite long summer drinks. Its vibrant colour lends itself to alfresco drinks on balmy summer evenings…and look great in an Instagram shot too. The zesty lime combined with fragrant mint and cucumber, makes for an elegant and crisp taste that shows off a quality gin perfectly.

So raise a glass to World Gin Day with me this weekend and try it yourself at home. Cheers!

Gin & Cucumber Cooler

Prep Time: 5-8 mins   |   Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 100g cucumber, deseeded and sliced finely *Note keep 2 slices back as a garnish
  • Handful of mint leaves for garnish
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 tsp sugar cane syrup
  • 120ml good quality gin (I love Hendrick’s or Sipsmith)
  • 2-3 dashes mint bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Soda water

You will need a blender, fine cocktail strainer and cocktail shaker.

Method:

  1. Chill two highball glasses
  2. Place your cucumber (remembering to keep a couple of slices back as a garnish) and gin into a blender and purée
  3. Strain the liquid through your fine cocktail strainer, mashing down to get the liquid through. Once over, you should have around 200ml of liquid
  4. Add the sugar cane syrup, fresh lime and a few dashes of mint bitters. Shake well to mix
  5. Prepare your tumblers with ice cubes (half full) before pouring your cocktail mix evenly between the two
  6. Top with soda water and give each a good stir. Garnish with cucumber and
  7. Divide into 2 glasses with ice and top with soda water and give a stir, garnish with cucumber and mint.

P.S. There are so many great distilleries out there nowadays which produce really unusual gins, if you want to break away from the classics. Gin Monkey on Instagram is a great one to follow for inspo.

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