Friday, April 20, 2012

{Friday Cocktail} Cucumber Mint Gimlet

There are a few reasons I'm featuring this yummy cocktail on the blog this week. #1. I love Gin. It is my favorite liquor. I've read a few articles lately about how gin has come back in vogue in recent years. I would like to take this opportunity to take full responsibly for that. I am clearly quite the trendsetter. Ha ha. I kid. I am sure one influential factor is the rising popularity of my favorite show Mad Men. That brings me to #2. Betty Draper Francis loves her some gimlets, and who am I to knock the fabulous Mrs. Draper's drink of choice. #3. It's horse racing season. I'm not a huge mint julep fan, if it has enough sugar sure, but I'm still working on learning to love bourbon and other whiskeys. I feel that this is a gin lovers response to the mint julep. Plus who doesn't love a cucumber mint combo.
  • 2 oz Cucumber Gin 
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz Mint Simple Syrup
  • Cucumber peels, for garnish
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
  • crushed ice 

Cucumber Gin
  • Steep 2.5 cups of diced peeled cucumber in 4.5 cups of gin
  • Cover and chill at least 8 hours, up to four days
  • Strain and Store

Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • combine over medium heat until sugar dissolves
  • Add 1 cup mint leaves and remove from heat
  • Cover, steep for 30 minutes -1 hour, then strain and discard mint. 
  • Store up to 2 months
Enjoy! I know I'm looking forward to sipping on one of these this rainy spring weekend.


kristie said...

looks delicious but i don't drink...maybe i could come up with a virgin version :)


Fash Boulevard said...

can't wait to try this. Fabulous post, love. I hope you had an amazing weekend. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest outfit post. xo

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