A refreshing twist on a classic, this cucumber gimlet recipe is easy to make and oh so satisfying. This gin-based cocktail is made with just a few simple ingredients and provides the perfect balance of crisp and sweet, without being overly sweet.
4,2 thin lengthwise slices of cucumber, 2 inches long
Start with the cucumber juice. Cut a 1.5 inch piece of cucumber and dice it.
Place the fine mesh strainer in a 2 cup measuring glass and add the diced cucumber.
Take a spoon and with the back of it, squish the cucumber against the strainer until you get enough juice (1 ounce).
Add ice to the cocktail shaker so it's halfway full.
Add gin, lime juice, simple syrup and cucumber juice.
Cap shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Add ice to the double old fashioned glass if you're going to use one and strain and divide the liquid between the two glasses.
Add 2 slices of cucumber to each glass for garnish.
I use European cucumbers in this cocktail. You could use a regular cucumber but I find they have very thick skins.
Don't peel the cucumber as it looks prettier with the green of the skin. You are going to cut the 2 inch lengthwise slices for the garnish.
Wash the citrus before juicing. Here's how: squirt some natural, unscented foaming soap into your hand. I get mine at Whole Foods. Rub the lime between your hands to cover it with soap. Use a vegetable brush to scrub the skin. Run the lime under cold water, making sure all the soap has been washed off.
I wash my cucumber the same way. In fact, I wash a lot of veggies and fruit the same way.
I find this fine mesh strainer essential to cocktail making. I usually hold it over the glassware while I pour the cocktail through it and into the glass. With this cocktail, I place the strainer over a large measuring glass because you're going to squish the cucumber for the juice.