Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gin and Cucumber Smash
The first time I heard of cucumbers being used in a cocktail, I was both intrigued and doubtful. I mean, I really love cucumbers but the thought of drinking them seemed so odd. But I guess the intrigued part won out because I looked up a recipe and quickly threw together the drink. Nope. Not remotely appealing. Bitter and overly savory, it was more medicine than delightful refreshment. I shelved the idea.
2 oz. Gin
1/2 oz. Sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
5 Thin slices cucumber plus extra for garnish
Add the gin, vermouth, lemon juice, simple syrup and cucumbers to a cocktail shaker. Muddle the cucumbers, add ice and shake well. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with additional slices of cucumber, if desired.