Matt and I vacationed in Florida during the last two weeks of July, and we had such a blast. However, I cannot tell a lie: it was hot. And humid. We returned to an NYC with much cooler temps, only to be hit with a Particularly Fierce Heat Wave a few days later. As with all heat waves up here, it brought with it its ever-loyal buddy, Insufferable Humidity. Aaaanndd, it still hasn’t let up. Enter the Cucumber Gin Rickey.
Everyone dealing with late summer heat waves (and that’s pretty much everyone, right?) needs a refreshing cocktail in their arsenal, and while I’ve been a cucumber-drink-sceptic for a while, this drink convinced me of the merits. Cucumber is so fresh and summery, and it can lighten up a drink like nobody’s business. We both raved.
Despite this oppressive heat and humidity combo, I’m really not ready for fall. I’d love for this summer to keep going, probably because I just want another of these cocktails. Anyways, I do highly recommend for your cooling off pleasure. Enjoy!
Source: Shake: A New Perspecitve on Cocktails by Eric Prum and Josh Williams
4 shots gin
1 handful fresh mint leaves, plus a few for garnish
8 slices of cucumber, divided
1 shot fresh lime juice
Add the mint leaves, 6 cucumber slices, and lime juice to a shaker. Muddle the ingredients in the bottom of the shaker until thoroughly crushed. Add the gin, then add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Strain the mixture into pint glasses containing large ice cubes. Top with ginger beer, then garnish with the remaining cucumber slices (1 per drink) and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 drinks as written.