Since it’s Friday I’m going to share another one of my favorite cocktails.
And also because I found these adorable martini glasses at a garage sale last Sunday for 25 cents each. Sunday is the day to scoop up the great garage sale deals, people. Everything must go!
I’m a Tanqueray girl at heart but, in true blogger form, I bought a pretty blue bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin to match the glasses. Admittedly, the Bombay made for a much smoother drink. My gin-loathing husband drank one of these happily and even requested another. Perhaps he was actually just loathsome of Tanqueray all these years.
This drink tastes exactly like cucumber-lime liquid candy. Be advised, it’s much more potent than the flavor lets on.
Apparently this gimlet originates from a restaurant called Ocean Prime. I’ve never been, nor had I even heard of it, but my cousin told me all about this fabulous drink that she had there. She said, “It’s so refreshing. It’s like a spa drink!”.
Yes, indeed. If spas served beverages with 3 ounces of gin in them, it would be just like a spa drink.
HINT: When it comes to the simple syrup you have a couple options. The traditional way is to take equal parts water and sugar, bring them to a boil until the sugar is totally dissolved, and then wait. Wait what seems like an ungodly amount of time for it to cool down enough to make your drink.
I have no patience for this.
I mix equal parts sugar and water in an empty water bottle and shake the heck out of it until the sugar dissolves. It’s not as syrupy as the real stuff but equally as sweet and works just fine.
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces simple syrup
- 3 ounces gin of choice
- Muddle 8-10 pieces of the cucumber with the lime juice in a drink shaker.
- Add simple syrup, gin, and ice.
- Shake well, strain and serve.