Straight Up: The Perfect Cucumber Mint Gimlet
No matter what the weather brings, it’s always nice to have a refreshing cocktail. Enter: The Cucumber Mint Gimlet. Gimlets are defined as a drink that features gin and lime, but sometimes they’re made with vodka.
This classic drink may remind you of the movie Julie & Julia, it may make you think of Mad Men and for some, nostalgia of a day at the races. But no matter how you phrase it, the cucumber mint gimlet is a super awesome recipe to have in your back pocket. And luckily, our friend Kevin Sweeney over at Spotify had this one in his back pocket.
We love it because it’s not too sweet and has an invigorating taste that’ll satisfy your buds. It’ll totally impress your guests and become your new go-to.
See ya later, vodka soda.
We served it over ice with a fresh mint leaf, but it’s best to serve in a chilled glass and shake with ice — you don’t want it getting watered down!
Cucumber Mint Gimlet
Makes 2 drinks
- 4 oz Gin
- 2 oz Cucumber juice
- 1 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz Mint infused simple syrup
- Make the mint infused simple syrup. Simple syrup is a 1:1 sugar to water mixture. Heat up the water and stir in the sugar until it’s all dissolved. To infuse the mint, you can put chopped fresh mint in boiling water and let it sit for a half hour, or for a stronger mint taste, use a mint tea bag.
- Make the cucumber juice. This one is a little more time consuming. If you’re lucky enough to have a juicer, just drop a peeled cucumber in there and you’re good to go. If not, you can muddle small pieces of cucumber at the bottom of your shaker, using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon. Leave it in there.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients to the shaker, on top of the cucumber juice or muddled cuke.
- Shake that baby! Shake it, shake it, shake it… with ice.
- Serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber or lime slice.