The Queen Bee of mixology has got you all covered on all things spring. In particular, cocktails to mix up as the weather begins to brighten up! If you’re a fan of gin and tonics, then you’re already familiar with the classic flavor profile: the refreshing bitterness of tonic water paired with the aromatic botanicals of gin. For this recipe, I’m taking this iconic cocktail and adding a bit more flavor to the mix.
Gin and tonics are known to be light and refreshing, and cucumbers seem like a great pairing with those attributes. With the addition of a few simple ingredients, you get an entirely elevated cocktail experience. This Cucumber Gin & Tonic is a recipe that will make you fall in love with it more and more with each sip.
Let’s talk about the cucumbers themselves, as they are probably the most significant ingredient in this variation of a classic gin and tonic. They add a crisp and clean taste that pairs perfectly with the juniper and citrus notes of gin. Plus, they have a refreshing quality that’s perfect for a warm sunny day. Now, cucumbers alone won’t do the trick, so mixing in a bit of rosemary and lime juice was key in tying all the ingredients together.
Rosemary is a fantastic herb to pair with gin! Its woody, pine-like aroma and slightly bitter taste complement the botanical flavors in gin quite nicely. When muddling all of the ingredients together, the rosemary infuses the drink with its unique flavor, making for a more interesting and satisfying drinking experience.
To finish the cocktail up, I decided to slice up some cucumber ribbons to wrap within the glass while also using them for a pretty garnish.
Step 1: Add 3 cucumber slices, juice from one lime, one rosemary sprig, and gin to a cocktail shaker. Muddle.
Step 2: Add ice and shake until chilled.
Step 3: In cocktail glass, add ice and cucumber ribbons.
Step 4: Strain cocktail mixture from shaker through a fine-mesh strainer into glass. Top with tonic water.
Step 5: Garnish with another cucumber ribbon, rosemary sprig, and lime.