It is patio-drinking season!
Ok, it is getting warmer here in Denver. That means we need some refreshing adult beverages up in here! Ok…so I am pregnant so I do not get to partake in my favorite pastime (drinking on patios). However, my husband shouldn’t miss out on the fun!
I have made these cucumber gimlets for BBQ’s and parties and let me tell you, they are the perfect party-starter cocktail!
Making Simple Syrup
If you do not have simple syrup laying around in your fridge in a jar at all times for making cocktails like we usually do, have no fear! It is insanely easy to make a batch. 1 part water to 1 part sugar. Heat on the stove and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Do not let boil. Remove from heat and let it cool completely. Pour it in an airtight jar and pop in fridge for when you’re hankering for a cocktail!
How to make a Cucumber Gimlet
Making this cucumber gimlet is simple. Squeeze entire lime in a cocktail shaker, add 8 cucumber slices and muddle. You can add a few mint leaves here too to make it different and even more refreshing! Pour 3 ounces of Hendricks Gin into shaker followed by 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake, shake, shake! Using the strainer, pour into a cocktail glass. I put ice in mine but you can drink it without too since the cocktail is cold from shaking with the ice. Top with a couple thin slices of cucumber and fresh mint leaves.
- 3 oz Hendricks Gin
- 1.5 oz simple syrup
- 8 slices of cucumber
- 1 lime
- Ice cubes
- 2 thin slices of cucumber
- fresh mint leaves
- Squeeze lime in to a shaker cocktail shaker
- Add cucumber slices and muddle (add some fresh mint here if you choose)
- Pour 3 oz of Hendricks Gin into shaker
- Pour 1/5 oz simple syrup into shaker
- Fill shaker with ice cubes and shake
- Using a strainer, pour into cocktail glass
- Garnish with thin cucumber slices and fresh mint
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