Last summer, during a camping trip, my friend Allison reintroduced me to gin. I can remember drinking gin and tonics with my parents and really enjoying them. But I got away from gin and kind of forgot about it.
Well, not anymore. This summer I came across a mixed cocktail at the LCBO: Dixon’s Gin Fusion. After buying a few cans of this, I got it into my head that I would like to try making my own. So I picked up a bottle of gin (I’m currently using Tanqueray Rangpur but you can use your favourite gin) and got experimenting.
Gin Cocktail with Cucumber, Lime, Ginger, and Mint
Ingredients for 2 drinks (measurements are approximate. You want all flavours balanced)
- 3 oz gin
- 2 oz ginger simple syrup (see note below)
- fresh lime juice (1/2 – 1 lime)
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 1/3 cup sliced cucumber (I left the peel on mine, but you can peel it if you want)
- tonic or soda water to top off
- Mint leaves and cucumber slices for garnish (optional)
Note: I used an immersion blender to make this. But you could muddle your ingredients in a cocktail shaker, or use a blender. Up to you.
- In the cup of your immersion blender, combine all ingredients except the tonic or soda water. Blitz until pureed.
- In 2 glasses with ice, divide the pureed mixture. Top with soda or tonic water, and garnish with fresh mint and/or cucumber.
Note: To make my ginger simple syrup, I used the lazy method. I combined 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of hot tap water, and grated in a couple tbsps of ginger. I stirred until the sugar dissolved, pour the syrup into a bottle and put it into the fridge.