Hello & Happy Friday!!
I recently decided to develop an array of fresh and easy cocktail/mocktail concepts to feature via EDS!
Although I typically stick to red wine, I love a good hand crafted cocktail that’s light, yet packs a lot of flavor! My thoughts are, if you’re going to venture outside of red wine, which has all the polyphenols and beneficial properties, make it count!
What I love about this recipe is.. everything. I find it light, crisp, refreshing, colorful, has great aesthetic appeal, and the bitters really makes this cocktail! Although this isn’t a promo for bitters lol, I love how they make cocktails more intricate by adding an additional light flavor profile!
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing summer-esque cocktail that packs floral undertones, mint, and a crispness..
You have to try my EDS signature Cucumber Cocktail.
Whether winter or fall, rain or shine, this is my personal go to!
Why this recipe rocks:
Can be made sans alcohol
Great for entertaining!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- 2-3 Cucumber slices
- ½ Ounce fresh lime juice (that’s the juice from about half a lime)
- 1½ Ounces Gin (I like Hendricks, but can use vodka)
- 3 drops of plum bitters
- 4 mint leaves
- 1 cup soda water
- 2 tbsp agave or 4 drops of liquid stevia
- 3-4 slices cucumber
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- Muddle the chopped cucumber, mint, and lime juice. Add the gin, tonic water, and a few ice cubes, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker becomes frosty. (If using a shaker for a cleaner appearance, shake, then strain). Add to a glass filled with ice and top with gin. Garnish with the cucumber slice and mint sprig.
For those who want to make a mint Simple Syrup: ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup water ½ cup fresh mint leaves
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and mint leaves to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, swirling the saucepan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.