This cucumber mint gimlet is the most refreshing highball cocktail that's crisp, herbaceous, well balanced with it's mint to lime ratio, and incredibly well balanced with the addition of cucumber.
This is the type of drink that really transports you to a perfect summer day on the patio, enjoying the feeling of the season that's all too fleeting.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS COCKTAIL
This drink tastes just like good ol' gimlet but amped up thanks to the addition of fragrant mint and cucumber, plus subtle hints of sweetness coming through the syrup. It's just so good. And the best thing about gimlets? You can change up their taste just by picking a different gin.
WHAT GIN SHOULD YOU ADD?
The tasting notes in these quality gin spirits pair beautifully with a botanical cocktail
My personal favorites are Hendrix and Gordons! These are other gins we love to pair in cocktails. If you dislike gin and can replace it with vodka, but the botanical flavors in gin really work so well here.
- Uncle Val's Botanical Gin- Cucumber, Sage, Lemon
- Hendrix -Cucumber, Rose, Citrus
- Tanguray - Juniper, Coriander, Anise
- Bombay - Juniper, Coriander, Lemon
- Gordon's - Pine, Pepper, Angelica
INGREDIENTS YOU NEED:
- Tonic water
- Freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mint simple syrup
How to make the mint simple syrup:
In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and fresh mint until it comes to a simmer. Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes. Then, remove from heat and let the liquid cool. Lastly, strain into a jar (with an airtight lid) to allow it to thicken before adding to your cocktail.
HOW DO YOU SERVE AND DRINK A GIN AND TONIC?
Gin and tonics are served over a large amount of ice and traditionally served garnished with a slice of lime. However, we love a good creative garnish, why not try some floral ice cubes, candied mint or a thinly sliced cucumber wrapped around your glass?
- for syrup:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh mint OR ⅓ cup dried mint
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
- for cocktail:
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce mint simple syrup
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 ounces tonic water
In a small saucepan over medium/high heat, heat the water, sugar, and mint. (and optional honey) until it comes to a simmer.
Stir to dissolve the sugar and continue simmering gently for 5 minutes, reduce heat and let simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let the liquid cool
Strain into a jar (with an airtight lid)
Add your gin and mint syrup, lime juice with ice into your cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain over your glass of choice with ice. Top with tonic water. Add your garnish, and enjoy.
Serve immediately over ice