When I look at a cocktail menu, there are a few ingredients that always draw my attention: herbs (mint, thyme, rosemary), cucumbers, summer fruits like berries or peaches. And I tend to go for gin or vodka. My go-to cocktail is a G&T with lime, but last weekend, I felt like trying something a bit more interesting (and I had a boatload of mint from my CSA).
I had spotted this cucumber gin fizz on another blog and so I busted out the blender and gave it a shot. DELISH! And I’m pretty sure it’s healthy because it contains a cucumber, right?!??
- 4 oz. gin
- 1 cup cucumber, cut into chunks, plus a few slices for garnish (seed the cucumber before measuring if it's very seedy)
- 15 mint leaves, plus a few extra for garnish
- 2 Tbsp. sugar (I used raw)
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Chilled seltzer
- In the jar of a blender, combine the cucumber chunks, the mint leaves, sugar and lemon juice. Puree until you have a smooth mixture.
- Fill two glasses with ice. Add 2 ounces of gin to each glass and the thinly sliced cucumbers. Fill the glasses to ⅔rds full with the cucumber mixture. Top with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with fresh mint and cucumber slices.