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Cucumber Gin Sour

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The Cucumber Gin Sour is an invigorating twist on the traditional gin sour cocktail, introducing a blend of freshness and floral subtleties that make it an intriguing choice for both gin enthusiasts and those new to the world of cocktails. With its light, refreshing elements, this drink is perfect for anyone looking to unwind!

The classic gin sour is a revered cocktail in the mixology world, known for its simple yet bold combination of gin, lemon juice, and sugar, often smoothed out with an egg white. This traditional base lays the groundwork for endless variations, with the Cucumber Gin Sour offering a unique take that brings vegetables and floral notes into the mix.

Starting with the gin, the base of the drink, its botanicals naturally complement the added ingredients. Gin’s juniper essence pairs seamlessly with the subtle sweetness of elderflower liqueur, which introduces a floral, slightly fruity note that enhances mixture as a whole.

The addition of freshly diced cucumber is where this cocktail begins to deviate from its roots. Cucumber adds a crisp, clean taste that is both refreshing and light, making the cocktail more mellow and approachable. When muddled, the cucumber releases its juices, which meld with the gin and elderflower to create a delicious foundation to this libation.

Lime juice is crucial for adding a citrusy sharpness that cuts through the sweetness of the simple syrup, balancing the cocktail with its vibrant acidity. This contrasts with the classic sour’s lemon base, offering a slightly different tart profile that complements the cucumber beautifully.

The use of an egg white is a nod to the classic sour, providing a creamy, frothy texture that carries the flavors smoothly and enriches the drinking experience. After a dry shake to emulsify the egg white and then a second shake with ice, the cocktail is both aerated and chilled.

Served in a coupe glass, the clarity of the gin and the light green tint from the cucumber create a soft, appealing color, topped with a thick, creamy foam thanks to the egg white. A sprinkling of lemon zest adds a pop of color and a fragrant hint to the nose, enhancing each sip with its citrusy oils. The garnish of a cucumber ribbon on a skewer not only adds a visual flourish but also reinforces the cucumber’s presence.

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Step 1: Add cucumbers, simple syrup, lime juice, elderflower liqueur, and gin to a cocktail shaker and muddle.

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Step 2: Drop on an egg white, then vigorously give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy.

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Step 3: Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.

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Step 4: Strain into a coupe glass.

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Step 5: Zest a lime on top of the foam and set a cucumber skewer across the glass.

The Cucumber Gin Sour is an lovely reinterpretation of a traditional cocktail, perfect for those looking to explore the fresher, more verdant side of spirits. Its blend of botanical, floral, and citrus elements makes it a delightful choice for those looking for something refreshing yet unique.

So give this cocktail a try this weekend and enjoy the flavorful libation!

Cucumber Gin Sour

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add cucumbers, simple syrup, lime juice, elderflower liqueur, and gin to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Step 2 – Drop on an egg white, then vigorously give it a dry shake (NO ice) until mixture is foamy.
  3. Step 3 – Add ice into the shaker and shake again until chilled.
  4. Step 4 – Strain into a coupe glass.
  5. Step 5 – Zest a lime on top of the foam and set a cucumber skewer across the glass.

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