Monday, August 1, 2011

Cucumber Mint Gimlet

  1. These may be a little dangerous due to their refreshing, delicious flavor and large quantity of alcohol but I am here to tell you they are the best new summer cocktail I have found!!!

    Cucumber Mint Gimlet

    4 1/2 cups Cucumber Gin (or 2 oz.), how-to follows 
    2 1/4 cups fresh lime juice (or 1 oz.) 
    1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Mint Simple Syrup (or 1/2 oz.), how-to follows 
    Cucumber peels, for garnish 
    Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

    Cucumber Gin:
    Steep 2 1/2 cups diced, peeled cucumber in 4 1/2 cups gin, covered and chilled, 8 hours to 4 days (or 1/2 cup cucumber in 1 cup gin). Strain; store indefinitely in the refrigerator. 

    Mint Simple Syrup:
    Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water over medium-high heat, stirring until dissolved. Add 1 cup mint leaves; remove from heat. Cover; steep 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain; discard mint. Refrigerate up to 2 months. 

    In a 2-quart pitcher, stir gin, lime juice, and syrup. Refrigerate. 

    To serve, pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously, and divide among ice-filled 10-ounce glasses. (For a single drink, mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake.) Garnish each with cucumber peel and mint.

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